Making Health A Habit
It sounds easy enough? Start your day with a nutritious meal, be more active over the course of the day, sleep long and deeply, take up yoga classes, start to use that gym membership, cut back on take out meals. It would be so simple, if one bold and giant leap was all it took; invariably, it’s never quite so simple.
Becoming healthy if you’re used to leading an “immediate”, fast, busy and hectic lifestyle where food is an after thought and exercise is a “never” thought can be incredibly challenging. It is often a short lived fad, a moment of well meaning focus, or a brief flash of motivation. Maintaining and sustaining a healthy lifestyle is nearly always the point at which people fall short of their goals.
Here are our 3 useful tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and “Making Health A Habit”:
Making Health A Habit – Tip1.) Start with small, sustainable changes that don’t overly affect your day to day schedule and don’t require huge sacrifices. A good example would be to ensure you start every day with a fresh fruit juice, fruit smoothie or a vegetable juice. Alternatively, select one evening a week to lock down as your gym night to hit the cardio machines, do some weights, perform some HIIT at home, or join a yoga class. Scientific evidence has suggested that habits only become habits after they have been maintained for 30+ days, beyond that point, they become a part of the mind’s regular programming.
Making Health A Habit – Tip 2.) Choose something that doesn’t make you differentiate from your daily timetable too often. By ensuring your new “habit” doesn’t push your day to day routine too far out of sync, you enable your brain to amalgamate it into the schedule rather than being forced to restructure, which is often where people fall short as they can’t find a way to make time, or can’t select something worth giving up in exchange for health.
Making Health A Habit – Tip 3.) Don’t berate yourself for a moment of weakness, a day missed, or one bad choice. It’s so easy to make a wrong decision, but the essential thing is to realise that one bad moment doesn’t mean you can’t get straight back “on the wagon”. Focus on what caused you to make the error and slip up and where possible, try and make that avoidable in the future. Alternatively, just pretend it never happened and move forward with a positive and motivated mind set.
Make your journey smoother and more easy by following these tips and ensuring you take gradual and consistent steps. Don’t let yourself get disheartened or discouraged. Be positive and stay motivated; you CAN do it, and you WILL do it if you really want to do it.
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might has well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.” – J. K. Rowling
“Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.” – Thomas Carlyle
“Energy and persistence conquer all things.” – Benjamin Franklin
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