For a lot of people, a new year symbolises a fresh start, the chance to do over and the opportunity to implement some new healthy habits. Of course, change can occur at anytime – a Monday, 1.32pm on a Thursday, your next meal, your next choice or conversation – but keeping these new habits going is what a lot of us struggle with from time to time.
Here are some tips to keep you on track long term!
We don’t always feel like it but reminding ourselves that we will always feel better for making a healthy meal or exercising can be a strong motivator. Implementing healthy habits even when we’re tired, stressed or really feel like a cheeseburger, can feel like hard work in the short term but will benefit us hugely in the long term and eventually create sustainable change.
Find a gym buddy! A walking friend, a group fitness class, a canine companion. Having someone to keep you accountable makes it less difficult to stay on track and makes the new habit more enjoyable and easier to cement.
3. DITCH PERFECTION
So, you had that cheeseburger. Or one day you were tired after work so you ditched your afternoon walk. So what? Your health is the sum of all of the small choices and habits you make throughout your day and week, not one isolated moment in time. The important thing to do is to get back on track the next meal or day, and not let it ruin your consistency and momentum.
4. FIND YOUR WHY
Remembering your health and fitness goals is probably the most important tip for remaining consistent with healthy habits. If your goal is more energy – reminding yourself of that next time you’re on the cusp of a Netflix binge or a 8pm cup of coffee can keep you on track. If your goal is weight loss – reminding yourself that a 30 minute walk or workout is less than 2% of your day can help you reach your goals!
If you need a hand with accountability, goal setting and structure contact one of our friendly exercise physiologists today to see how we can help you!