Health & Well Being

If you are human, the chances are you have one or two hang ups about your body. All of us do. Some flaws we can live with. Some we can’t. So we’ll try every fitness video and miracle promising diet that will give us ‘instant results’ with minimal effort.

Unfortunately, when it comes to achieving your dream body (Shedding pounds, getting toned, sculpted etc); there are no quick-fix solutions. The maxim ‘no pain, no gain’ does hold true.

The good news, however, is that you can incorporate little changes that will make a big difference over time. All it takes is a willingness to change and a measure of discipline.

Tips to Achieve your Dream Body

  • Be Your Own Doctor: You need to keep track of lifestyle habits that might be wreaking havoc on your waistline or robbing you of the ideal body you desire. What do you eat? What times do you eat? How active are you? What are your guilty pleasures (chocolate, sugary drinks, fried food etc)? If necessary, keep a diary for a week documenting everything you eat on a daily, times you eat, your level of activity etc
  • Make a Diagnosis: Identify the bad habits that might be costing you & decide what changes you need to make.
  • Make a Resolution: When it comes to exercising and achieving results, it is a case of mind over matter. There will always be reasons not to exercise. Most times, you will not feel like pushing yourself. You need to train yourself to overcome the mental barriers and stick to a routine even when it is the last thing you want to do.
  • Set Achievable Goals: Start little then increase the frequency and pace. For instance, if your overall goal is to trim your bulging belly, you can start with fifteen crunches once in two days. Increase the number of days and repetitions as time goes on. A realistic goal is unsustainable. If you can’t incorporate it into your daily life, it’s probably not worth pursuing.
  • Have Fun: Don’t go jogging or swimming if you absolutely hate it. Choose a workout that you enjoy & that sheds calories etc. If you enjoy it, you’re likelier to stick with it.
  • Be Consistent: it’s better to do five minutes of exercise everyday than 2 hours of exercise once a fortnight or a month. Choose a regular routine & stick to it.
  • Up the Momentum: Don’t rest on your laurels. Once you have mastered one level of fitness, up the tempo. If you’re comfortable walking ten minutes every day, increase it to fifteen minutes. Keep challenging yourself.

Little Habits that Make a Big Difference

  • Eat every meal: Don’t skip meals or starve yourself.
  • Eat Healthy Snacks: If you’re hungry in between meals, take healthy snacks (fruits, nuts, fibre etc)
  • Drink lots of water
  • Weight training or strength training assists in boosting your metabolism after a workout. A body with more muscle will also burn more calories than a body with fat, so incorporate weight training into your exercise routine.
  • Vary your exercise: if you do the same exercise every day, results will be limited.
  • Youtube is your friend


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