It may not rank up there with the long standing philosophical debate between the chicken and the egg, but when it comes to getting motivated to live a healthy lifestyle, both diet and exercise are important. The question is which one should you look at first. Let's check out both sides of that coin.
Diet: The metaphor is as old as automobiles itself, but it is also one of the truest things every said about a healthy lifestyle. Your body can only perform as well as the fuel you put into it. If your diet consists of salty snacks, fatty foods and sugary sodas, you are not going to have the energy to commit to a healthy lifestyle and the physical exercise aspect. Of course, an unhealthy diet can also be a sneaky one. A person might think they are doing well by starting their day with yogurt and some orange juice, but that alone will account for one hundred percent of the recommended sugar intake for the day.
To look at it this way, changing your diet has to happen first. You need to see what foods need to be eliminated and what they can be replaced with so you are eating a calorically healthy amount of food without resorting to sugars and processed ingredients.
Exercise: Food is energy, fuel that the body burns when it is in motion. Changing your diet from an unhealthy one to a healthy one is certainly going to be beneficial in a number of ways - reduction in blood pressure and lower cholesterol among other things - but if you are not moving any more than you used to, those unused calories are going to continue to collect in your body. By beginning a regiment of physical exercise including weight training, boot camp classes and other fitness outlets, your body will burn off those extra calories, helping you to lose weight.
That answer makes it seem like exercise wins out over diet, but it was a rigged question from the start. Both diet and exercise are important when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, but what comes first should be a visit to your physician to make sure you are healthy enough to make these changes and what restrictions you need to pay attention to. From that point, the next visit should be to a personal trainer. Miami has some of the best in the world, thanks to the number of professional athletes they train in the off-season, which means they will be able to help you find the balance in diet and exercise needed for you to achieve your goals.
Jack Terry is a freelance writer and fitness enthusiast who believes in the unity of body mind and spirit for when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. http://www.legacyfit.com