Say it with me! Mod-er-a-tion… When you hear the term moderation, what comes to mind? Maybe it’s not going for that 12th Oreo. Or is it cutting back on your 5th trip to the Taco Cart this week. Regardless, of what it sparks in your mind we all understand that moderation is basically a fancy word for not over doing it.
When we apply moderation to the food we eat, there are many ways that it can positively effect our health. We can moderate the amount of bread and rice that we eat in a week which can help us cut some much needed calories out of our diet. We can moderate our daily meals by keeping a much better account of what we have been munching on all day. Moderation can also bring variety to the foods that we eat. With its practice we are also able to make our plates a lot more colorful by adding in seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Moderation can also be applied to exercise. I am sure most of you are very familiar with “Leg Day” and other specified weekly exercise plans. What you may not know is that these popular schedules are made to help you moderate your exercise patterns. By changing up the focused muscle groups every day you are able to give different parts of your body a much needed rest. This rest is essential for healthy bodies being that it keeps you from overworking a muscle group, which could consequently cause a serious injury.
Another great place to try moderation is in your day to day routine outside of the gym. A general rule that most health professionals would suggest you follow, would be that nothing you do should be in excess. This also applies to your “de-stress” activities. For me personally I enjoy zoning out watching Netflix for an hour or two. I also love cuddling with my dog on days where I don’t want to get out of bed. Unfortunately, these practices can become very harmful because before you realize it, you’ve spent 4 hours watching TV.
Moderation is a very important tool for healthy living. It will help to keep your day to day routine grounded and reflective. It is interesting how much more aware you become of your actions and choices when you have to minimize the types of food you eat or the amount of downtime you give yourself. With moderation you are able to take control of your journey and limit your impulsive behavior.
This week I challenge you to keep a food and exercise journal. Be sure to write down everything you eat and drink, even the small stuff. By doing this you will be able to see what you might eat too much of (or too little of) and what you do for your body. ❤