Winter is a time when there is lot of relaxation in weight reduction programs. This however cannot be allowed to happen. One good way to get this going is to listen to one’s inner voice and constantly work towards realizing health and fitness goals. //
Usually the little inner voice starts piping up as you lie on the couch. "Go ahead, have another piece of candy," or "Take a handful of those potato chips," it urges.
The voice is that of one's weaker self, which has to be nourished and acknowledged, said Ingo Froboese of Germany's college athletic health center in Cologne.
"You have to let that inner voice win sometimes, but you also have to show it clearly who's the boss of the household," Froboese said.
"Especially in winter, everyone should set concrete exercise goals and schedule activities," advises health psychologist Sonia Lippke of Berlin's Free University. Lippke and fellow psychologist Jutta Wittig are working on a study of the "weaker self" and how people can be active in a healthy way despite it.
"A lot depends on setting realistic goals," said Lippke.
People who already know that they do not really enjoy working out should not suddenly become addicted to it, said health expert Stefan Buchner of Berlin. It's more worthwhile for a person to think back on an activity that gave them the most enjoyment and pursue that.
"Whatever they do, people should not go headlong into some trendy sport and buy all the equipment for it at the first opportunity," said Buchner.
Reward is a good means to coax the weaker self into agreeing to leave the couch. The reward could be time in the sauna, a massage or a nutritious vitamin-rich drink, any of which can be enjoyed at the gym immediately after a workout, Buchner said.
"When it comes to nutrition, a complete ban on certain foods usually don't work," said Lippke. It's also an innate human instinct to fatten up just a lPage: 1 2 Related medicine news :1
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