It’s the new year and sometimes that means finding new healthy habits to implement in your life. However, it doesn’t have to be a new year to be a new you. You can bring healthy habits in your life at any time. It really only depends on if you’re ready to make consistent healthy choices in your life.
It all starts with baby steps. If you start making huge adjustments to your workout schedule and your diet, you are more than likely setting yourself up for failure. It’s hard to cut out certain food groups, such as bad carbs, fast food, and even sugar, all at once. When cutting back, instead of focusing on how this may affect you in a healthy way, you start to miss all of the foods you can no longer have. So, you might end up going to back to your unhealthy habits.
Take your health journey day by day. Start by eliminating soda or energy drinks from your diet, and pay attention how your body reacts to that small change. You may be pleasantly surprised how much this one small step greatly benefits your body.
Once you have a grasp on healthy eating and what foods work for your body, you may want to start meal prepping. With the proper planning, you’re setting yourself up for success. When you don’t have the healthy meals there for you, you allow the temptations and the easiness of fast food to become a part of your unhealthy habits again. Pick a day, like Sunday, and meal prep for the entire week. Then, you won’t have to worry about cooking for yourself during your busy week and you can stay on track with your health goals.
When it comes being active baby steps are still helpful. Starting out, you don’t have to go to the gym seven days a week for two hours a day. Instead maybe start implementing 30 minutes of active movement three to four times a week. Once you feel comfortable with implementing some type of physical activity into your life, you can increase in the exercise duration, the weights you’re lifting, and the number of days you’re working out.
Last but not least, your wellness as a whole is what matters the most, and that means mentally and physically. Make conscious actions to reduce stress, take time for yourself or meditate, set realistic goals for your health, surround yourself with others who will support you, and realize that you are not perfect and will make mistakes.
Your health is a journey, not a sprint. You will not reach your goals overnight, but the reward will be greater once you realize all the hard work you put forth to reach your health and fitness goals. Stay focused and be positive. You can do this!