How to start (and stick to) healthy habits!
Summer is around the corner and do you feel like it’s time to try and get a bit healthier? Eat a bit better? They are common goals for many of us. And while we may feel highly motivated, it’s not always easy to get started and more importantly, keep going, beyond the first week or two. In today's blog post I am going to share some tips to help you make those healthy habits stick.
HAVE THE RIGHT MINDSET (AND GOALS)
The first one is before you start any healthy habit change, take a moment to check in with yourself and set some intentions. What are you hoping to achieve? How will you measure your success? And are your goals realistic? Weight loss, for example, is a goal for many, but we can have unrealistic expectations of how much and how quickly we’ll lose weight, so it pays to be realistic. (Nutritionists say half to one kilo a week is a good sustainable goal). Even better, make your goals about health instead: do you want more energy to run around with the kids? Maybe you want to feel less tired and not have an afternoon energy slump at the office? These are things you’ll be able to feel after a few weeks of eating well and looking after yourself better.
SET UP YOUR ENVIRONMENT
Want to stop snacking on junk food? Then get that food out of the house and next time you go to the supermarket, swap it for a healthier alternative. Want to stop reaching for the wine the minute you get in from work? Don’t have a bottle waiting in the fridge. Tweaking your home and work environment can really help us change our habits.
ENLIST FRIENDS AND FAMILY
Tell the people around you about your goals, not to bore them with the details, but with the aim of getting their support. If others know you’re trying to be healthier, they might help you. And you might even inspire them to join in with you.
USE A FEW LIFE HACKS
Don’t underestimate the power of planning and prep. Pre-chopping veges for healthy snacks; having healthy drinks chilled in the fridge and ready to drink; planning your lunches and dinners for the week and making them each night – these are examples of small hacks that can take away the stress of having to make a choice when you’re hungry. And if your preparing your meals and taking them to work it also means you won't be tempted to buy your lunch which will also be good on your wallet!
DON’T BE TOO HARD ON YOURSELF
Don’t beat yourself up if you have a bad day and feel like you’re not sticking to your healthy habits. Remember: getting healthier is not a destination, it’s a journey (and one that’s never finished). Small changes you can keep going are better than big, drastic gestures that are too tough to stick to. And if you fall back one day, remember that doesn't mean you have failed. Pick yourself back up because that one-day won't hurt if your keeping consistent and on top of your goals!