So, it’s that weird time of year between Christmas and New Year. You haven’t moved from the sofa for days. In fact, what day even is it? You need to make a change… But not till Monday. You might as well finish this packet of mince pies, then at least they’re out the house, right? Then you just won’t buy any biscuits. You’ll ditch refined sugar. And alcohol, a Dry January. You’ll go on a 10 day juice cleanse. Get a gym membership… Or you might still signed up from last year? Who knows.
Just about the only thing you know for sure is that you’ll have quit it all by February. If you find it hard to form and keep healthy habits – this is the post for you. Here are my top 3 Healthy Habit tips.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, right? The key here is to keep your eyes slightly lower than the ultimate horizon you’re aiming to reach. Don’t say you’ll lose 15 pounds, because they likelihood is you’ll quit when you’ve only lost 5.
You’re better to set goals of not having refined sugar on a weekday, or wanting to progress from half to full press ups. These are tangible, cumulative goals – where you can see your improvement every day, rather than just at the end of the month.
With exercise especially, you need to enjoy it straight from the off. Don’t keep booking yourself on to a spin class if you hate it – firstly because life is way too short to be miserable, but secondly because if you hate something eventually you’ll let yourself off and quit. Find something you find fun, and you’re much, much more likely to stick to it!
Check Your Homework
Some people work well with the carrot, but sadly a few of us need the stick! The idea that your Osteopath will check up on you next week to see if you’ve been doing your rehab exercises is sometimes the only motivating factor.
Equally enlisting the help of a Personal Trainer is a sure-fire way to make sure you turn up to your workout, because someone is waiting for you. Someone is checking on your nutritional plan, and monitoring your progress – whether that’s for weight loss, or gaining fitness and strength.