We all want to be healthier, but where to begin? There are some basic things to keep in mind any time you want to start making positive changes in your life in regards to your health.
- It’s a marathon, so focus on lifestyle, not fast results. As tempting as it is to crash diet to dump tons of pounds in a short time frame, it’s important to recognize that not only is that not an easy thing to do, but it is often a way to set yourself up for failure. By creating a health plan that takes into mind the fact that healthy changes should be lifestyle changes, you set yourself up for long-term success.
- Diet is just a part of the picture. Give yourself room to live and realize that diet isn’t everything. Even if you never eat another unhealthy thing, without doing more, you aren’t going to have that toned body, so stay realistic. There are many lifestyle diet plans out there; find the one that’s right for you to be able to live the lifestyle you want to. For me, that’s the 80/20 lifestyle I wrote about in this post.
- Find a way to stay physically active. Physical activity is something you just can’t skip in a healthy lifestyle. Find something you can do that fits into your lifestyle. Do you need accountability? Start a workout group with friends. Do you need something easy? Go for a walk every night after dinner or do a home workout video at a set time every day (I like this using this one on days I can’t get to the gym).
- Set mental mile markers for yourself. Recognizing your success is a big deal to help motivate you to keep moving forward! Did you eat at home every day this week? Did you make a meal plan and stick with it? Have you been more intentional with your food choices? Did you successfully eat healthy on the go this week? Celebrate your small wins, and they will turn into years of healthy, happy living!
- Give yourself some grace. Many people “fall off the bandwagon”, so to speak, because they set nearly impossible goals for themselves. Truth: you’re going to fail to meet the mark you’ve set for yourself sometimes, and that’s okay. That’s why it’s important to have a lifestyle plan, because it doesn’t fall apart on weeks you have company, or when you sick- you just get back to it “tomorrow”.
What motivates you to keep on making healthy choices? Share in the comments section below!
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