This year, don’t make resolutions you will break in a month. Get serious and change your lifestyle by creating habits that keep you on track for life. We have seen it time and time again where people try to find a quick fix for their health and fitness. Health is about consistency, so finding a fast solution isn’t going to keep you on track for very long. One Life Fitness wants to help you find a healthier lifestyle that you can maintain long term.
Clean Out Your House
You need to remove the temptations that are too easy to indulge in. Open your refrigerator and cabinets and donate or toss anything that doesn’t line up with your new healthy eating plan. Look out for canned or boxed goods that have ingredients in them you can’t pronounce. If you don’t know what it is, do you want to put it in your body? Focus on whole foods and ditch the temptations.
Having encouragement and support can make the difference between success and failure when it comes to changing your lifestyle. A good place to start is with your spouse or significant other. If you live together, your changing lifestyle will impact the people closest to you. If you can get these people on board it will not only make the changes easier to make, it will help give you some accountability and support when you feel like you are wavering.
Find Consistent Motivation
A key to success is to remember why you have chosen to change your lifestyle and to have a daily reminder. Some people create a visual reminder in the form of a vision or inspiration board. Others have a written reminder they read when they get out of the shower every morning. Try out a few methods of motivation to see what will work the best to remind you why you are making healthy decisions.
Set Reasonable Goals
When you are setting goals, make sure they follow the S.M.A.R.T. Principles. Make them specific, measurable, agreed upon, realistic and time-based. This means you need to identify exactly what you are trying at achieve, set a way that you are going to measure that success and give yourself a timeline to follow. The great thing about setting achievable goals is you will feel great as you accomplish them and it will give you motivation to set another goal.
Find Something You Love
If you don’t enjoy running, don’t do it. You need to find something that you enjoy doing to help you stay motivated. Getting out and trying new activities will also spice up your routine and keep things interesting.
Don’t try to change your whole life all at once. Start with small changes and once you have implemented those, choose something new. Try replacing one of your unhealthy drinks with a glass of water or having a handful of vegetables and hummus instead of a bag of chips for a snack. Identify small changes that you can make and slowly those changes will have a big impact on your overall health.
Make a Plan
Set a timeline for accomplishing your goals. It’s great to make the decision to eat healthier, but if you don’t have a plan for how you are going to do it, you won’t make any progress. Build yourself a weekly meal plan or set out a timeline for your workouts. Keep yourself accountable by writing them down either on paper or in your phone’s calendar.
Track Your Progress
Finding a way to measure your success will keep you motivated and excited to surpass the next goal. Track how many clean meals you have eaten in a week, how many inches you have lost or gained (depending on your goals) or how many push-ups you can do. Being able to look back at how far you have come will keep you excited for what you are going to be able to achieve in the coming months.
Believe in Yourself
So many people self-sabotage themselves with their own mindset. You need to believe in yourself and what you can achieve.
Know ahead of time that you will have challenges, there will be set backs and plateaus. The key to success is staying persistent and pushing through the tough times. To keep you on track and motivated, One Life Fitness can help you buy setting you up with a personal training package. We can help develop plans for both your nutrition and your workout. Ask us about them today!