How to Form and Keep Healthy Habits
A healthier life style is a goal that many people want to reach. There are different variations what people want; weight loss/weight gain, fat loss, or just overall improved fitness. We want to succeed. What keeps us from getting where we want to be? Why do we fail? Don’t blame luck, because it’s most likely the habits we apply.
It’s all too familiar to almost anyone. “I want to lose weight! I start out strong, but somewhere along the way, I stray from the narrow path and then it’s back to square one. Where did I go wrong?” I, along with many others have been through this and from experience, I believe we delay our success because of putting too much on our plate in the beginning. Our lives are already hectic. We have to balance our careers, relationships and families among other obligations and then all this fitness and weight loss stuff get into the mix. What are we doing to ourselves?!
Whatever it is we want out of a significant lifestyle change, we
think KNOW it will lead to a healthier and better life, right? We do it because we ultimately want to be happier with ourselves. But let’s face it, a healthy life style takes serious work. Even when we get where we want to be, for many of us, the maintenance takes just as much work! You are here because you’re looking for a solution and I have news for you, what ever your goal is, it may not be easy, but it’s damn worth it. For five years, I neglected my body and I’m continuing to pay the consequences. But with a lot of hard work and dedication, my life, health and happiness are making a more positive turn.
I started this blog in March, and I have done numerous things to keep good habits while reaching my goal. If you’re still reading, let me share them with you.
- Show up– No matter how difficult it is, this habit is the most important one of all. You can’t get started on something if you don’t show up for the work. If you got that gym membership and you’re still staying at home, you’re not giving yourself the opportunity to use the tools it has to offer. Just show up.
- Keep it fun– Another reason why people can’t keep habits is because of boredom. Break away from the monotony! Find different workouts, play some basketball instead of running on the treadmill on cardio days, or find a group workout!
- Get a workout buddy–You shouldn’t always have to go at things alone all the time. This goes for many things in life. My fiancee has started working out with me again, and it motivates us more! It also gives us time to spend with who we care for. This is a win-win, and will definitely help you reach your goals.
- Keep it simple– Don’t put all your eggs in a basket. Do what works for you in the gym and don’t over exert yourself. Build on what is useful to you and you’ll improve over time. This seems obvious to many, but it is often overlooked. I always see people doing too much on the first day and when they fail, they get discouraged. Let’s put it this way, you wouldn’t start with calculus if can’t even count to ten first, right?
- Document your progress–There are countless methods to this; the obvious one–Blogging about it. Keep a journal, take a picture every week, do something! By doing this, you’ll find it rewarding to see your progress and how far you’ve come.
- Don’t give up– Good habits take 21 days to stick. As humans, we are creatures of habit! Keep doing what you’re doing and it will be second nature in no time.
- Keep a schedule– This is crucial. Keeping a schedule keeps you consistent. Consistency gives you results.
- Do it for yourself– Your new lifestyle is for your own happiness and well being. Focus your energy on yourself and not on whether people start to take notice. It will keep you from any unnecessary stress. If you enjoy what you do, you won’t really care what other people think.
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