Have you ever tried juggling? If you have never tried to keep three balls in the air before, it is going to be hard on your first try. But you will quickly learn because it is not so difficult. It is just a matter of timing, and you will soon learn to anticipate the flight of the balls while regulating the pace.
Learning how to juggle four balls at the same time, however, proves exponentially more difficult. But if you are determined, you will also manage just fine. Add in more or other objects as well, and you are looking at a serious time commitment until you are good enough. Unless it is a full-time hobby for you or you have a desire to be a master juggler, you will find it difficult to come up with the motivation and discipline needed to juggle so many objects at once.
The same principle applies to managing your health and well-being. Trying one thing at a time is easy. As soon as you get past the initial learning curve, you will make as much progress as your efforts allow. Try too much at once though, and the risk of losing control becomes likely.
Two of the main issues affecting middle-aged adults today are obesity and Type 2 diabetes. It is from these two health issues a multitude of complications arises. Even if you do not fit the definition of obese or a diagnosed Type 2 diabetic, you should still be mindful of your weight and blood sugar levels. You are not immune to these conditions and in all likelihood, are at least somewhat vulnerable to their development as you age.
In any case, whether it is time for you to pay attention to these areas now or later, perhaps now is the time to think about the following…
- manage your weight before you control Type 2 diabetes.
It is easy to tackle too much at once where health is concerned. Weight loss, blood sugar, fitness, nutrition. Changes to address these areas can prove overwhelming, not to mention an overhaul in lifestyle. While there is some overlap between them, as working in one area often translates to benefits in another, it is better to take one step at a time.
Mainly, you should first get your weight under control, before you start worrying about your blood sugar. This applies especially if you are at risk for Type 2 diabetes and are overweight…
1. Losing weight requires merely caloric management. Exercise helps, but it is not essential. Decrease your portion sizes, temper your appetite, and you will drop the extra pounds.
2. Once your weight goes down, you can start to refine your diet, so your blood sugar can continue to lower if you began with hyperglycemia.
3. Meanwhile, you can begin to cultivate a habit of physical activity, but at a pace natural for you.
Commit to gradual, incremental change to boost your chances of success.