A Healthy and Fitter Future

Achieve a Healthier and Fitter Lifestyle Free of Alcoholism, Addiction, and Limiting Beliefs

7 Tips to Limit Your Alcohol Consumption

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Know Your Alcohol Metrics

Jot down the amount of drinks you will consume on a daily and weekly basis. Then proceed to keep this note on your phone on in your pocket at all times. Keeping a record of how much you are drinking will help you not go over your daily or weekly limit. It can also help to slow your drinking down if you know you are coming close to your daily or weekly allocated limit.

Also make sure that you measure out your liquor so you are aware of the volume of one drink.

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Some people that have successfully limited their alcohol consumption have found benefit in slowing down the pace at which they drink. Drinking slower can lead to a better moderation with alcohol consumption. Try taking smaller sips or limiting yourself to only one drink per hour.

Alternate Your Drinks

Another great way to limit your consumption of alcohol can be achieved by alternating between alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks. For every alcholic drink you have, follow that up with a non alcoholic beverage such as water or juice. Eventually try and have 2 non alcholoic beverages for every alcoholic drink you have.

Get a Healthy Diet

Some have found they drink less after eating while some have not. Either way incorporating a healthy diet into your lifestyle is always a positive thing. Apart from your overall health you may start feeling both physically and mentally better and this may opt you to try more things.

Avoid Drinking Situations

Try and limit or avoid situation where you feel the need to drink. Sight, people, places, objects or emotions can all trigger you to drink. Find out what yours are and try to avoid them from entering your reality.

Try a Hobby

If alcohol has become a major factor in your world try to find a new one or at least something that can make a dent in it. Finding a new, healthy addiction, a hobby, a project, friends or family can be a great distraction from your typical drinking protocol. Typicall the best idea is to find something you really enjoy doing and let it occupy your brain so that you are simply distracted from the idea of alcohol.

Get in Better Shape

Try going to a gym or joining a health program of sorts. Working out can be a great way to keep your mind and body busy from the sensations and thoughts of drinking. Getting some positive body and mental feedbacks from working out may actually cause you to want to drink less so that you can perform better during those activities.

Psychology Behind Addiction

addictionVirtually all addictions are linked by significant emotional events and stem from feelings of great helplessness.

Every addiction out there starts off from an overwhelming feeling of helplessness or mental weakness in some way. The exact situations themselves are tailored to the individual that is experiencing them. Therefore the correct procedures to fix the specific addition must be looked at as just that; specific.

When someone chooses to give into their addiction they are attempting to mend the psychological wounds, or fix the underlying feelings of helplessness. By choosing to engage in the addiction the user feels a sense of power or self control over their emotional well being and life.

Granted drugs themselves are particularly good at achieving this state of temporary empowerment because they actually alter the mind itself. Thus controlling the user’s emotional state and changing it.

Anger is a great factor behind addiction. Expose yourself to an overwhelming feeling of helplessness over a stretched period of time and you are bound to become enraged. This anger is a powerful determing factor in addictive problems. When one becomes enraged they become irrational and intense. That intense and irrational behavior (often destructive) leads one to lose their sense of judgement and is a defining characteristic of addiction.

Think about when someone feels intense anger due to a state of helplessness, in addiction the mental solution is always driven towards the addiction rather than the actual problem at hand. If one was to be unfairly fired from ones job, the person would become extremely enraged because of this. If he were then to storm into his employers office and let his rage out, there would be no addiction.

If instead he followed his typical protocol when he feels intense anger, sadness or despair by drinking himself into an oblivion. This irrational, pattern forming, and anger driven motive to drink would be the compulsive behavior known as an addiction.

Exercise and Reducing Addictive Cravings

When a person is getting over an addiction there body is missing whatever endorphins that addiction had been producing. Incorporating healthy exercises can also help to release endorphins and can help when getting over most any type of addiction.

Studies have been shown that exercising regularly reduces overall stress and has been shown to drastically reduce stress from addictive cravings. Smokers in particular have noted less symptoms of withdrawl after a bout of exercise.

The benefits of exercise can reap more positive effects that as a by-product can also help in combating stress and addictive cravings. Increase cardiovascular efficiency and health, strength gains and better coordination are all positive outcomes of a well established fitness regiment.

On a more mental aspect the effects can cause a better sense of well being and content, as well as an increase in the self-esteem of an individual. Two powerful mental tweaks that can greatly affect a person’s destructive actions.

A well structered fitness program can include anything from yoga to circuit training or typical resistance training. Exercises like squats, pushups, lunges, or pullups can be a great choice for generic muscle group movements. For a more well established weight loss and fitness program you can check out andrea albright’s my bikini butt. Alternatively you can also develop your own fitness and weight loss system but that may be a little more challenging.

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Using exercise to recover from an addiction or post recovery can be an excellent tool to help ease the process along to ensure a successful outcome. Remember exercise, weight loss programs and fitness program are only one piece of the overall puzzle. A thorough course of physical, social, spiritual and even psychological practices are whats needed for a comprehensive full circle recovery plan. However, a healthy diet and fitness program is a great way to start!