How to Create Healthy Habits
When starting on your fitness journey, it’s important to realize that having goals is important, but making lifestyle changes will be more beneficial. Trying a fad diet for 6 weeks and then going back to your old routine is a surefire way to lose all your progress. However, switching out fast food options for healthier ones, limiting the amount of sugary drinks, and exercising regularly can make your progress withstand the test of time.
When it comes to your diet, it is not about giving up sweet, delicious cake for the rest of your life, but rather knowing when to eat healthy and when to snack. Make all-around healthier choices when deciding what to eat and maybe satisfy a sweet tooth when a craving arises. It’s about balance. If you want to get fit, and stay fit, it’s important to make choices that will fuel your body while at the same time allowing yourself to enjoy the sweet and salty things in life.
People believe exercise is the most important part of the journey to fitness, but that is not true. It is about 70% diet and 30% exercise (and routines that complement your personal metabolism and genetic make-up). While exercise is important, it is also important to stay dedicated to your diet. In my opinion, exercise is the “fun” part of it. It’s all about finding what routines work best for you. Try a few things out and see what sticks.
The best habits are the ones that are enjoyable and beneficial. If you’re interested in the intensity of weight training, watch some videos on form and hit the gym. If you like the adrenaline rush of running, grab a pair of running shoes and take it outside. If you like feeling free, then yoga would be a good option. Find the activity that you enjoy.
I know I’ve discussed creating habits, but it’s easier said than done. Here are some tips to get started:
Start With Mental Growth. It’s easy to say that exercise and eating healthy will lead to results, but what is often ignored is getting your mind healthy. In order to make physical change happen, mental change needs to happen as well. Think about the benefits of changing your lifestyle and that will help with doing the action to make it happen. Think about how to integrate these healthy changes into your life.
Think Of The Long Term, Not Just the Now. Having goals to reach is great, but it should not be the only incentive. The only way to make it last for the long term is thinking about the long term. Fad diets and “get slim quick” workout routines allow for temporary results. It is up to you to continue on this journey instead of reverting back to your old ways once you make progress.
Finding Motivation. You will not be motivated every day, especially in the beginning. It is about getting it done regardless of motivation—discipline. It is fine to skip a day or two, but it would be the most valuable to keep it going despite the fact that you’d rather be binge-watching in bed.
Hold Yourself Responsible. This one goes hand-in-hand with #3. It is easier to stay accountable when you have a personal trainer that you are paying for, but ultimately, the responsibility falls on you. No one is going to physically make you eat healthy or force you to work out. So, it is up to you to make sure everything that needs to get done is getting done. Hold yourself accountable for your actions.
Stick To It. Motivation comes and goes, but sticking to it will always work. Some people might be discouraged when they don’t see results right away, but I promise sticking to it will be valuable in the long run. Stay with your diet, keep exercising, and you will eventually see a difference.