Achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be daunting. It seems like there’s always a new diet or exercise routine to try, and it can be hard to know where to start. If you’re ready to kick health fads and “no-effort, quick fixes” to the curb, we show you how to embrace a healthier lifestyle for long-term success.
Here are a few tips for getting started on your journey to better health!
Many people give up healthier living because they change too much too fast. Start with small habits such as adding more veggies to your meals instead of completely cutting out your favourite dishes. Once the healthy change becomes a habit, you can add another and keep building.
Find the time
Healthy living requires time and effort. Consider using Sundays to meal prep for the week, ensuring you eat three healthy meals every day. You can now use the time you would’ve spent cooking every night to enjoy a walk around the block or a gym session.
Find workouts suited for you
It can be easy to injure yourself when doing workouts not suited to your body or fitness level, which can result in you giving up. Consider booking two or three sessions with a personal trainer at first to establish workouts best suited to your physical needs.
Track your successes
Healthy living is not a straight journey, and there will be ups and downs. Keeping track of your successes – however small – in a journal can help keep you motivated when you hit a plateau or feel like giving up.
Eating healthy is vital for long-term success. Along with improving overall physical health, eating nutritious foods helps to keep your body strong, your immune system functioning, and improve your mental health. Remember – it’s not about cutting out takeaways entirely but enjoying them in moderation.
Identify and change unhealthy habits
Once aware of your unhealthy habits, you can more easily focus on consciously changing them one step at a time. Whether you snack when stressed or have more sugar than tea in your cup, take note of small changes you can make.
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