Most people are aware that being healthy can improve their overall quality of life. They also understand the need to eat nutritious foods, exercise, and take care of their physical and mental well-being to live a healthier lifestyle. However, making these changes, when you’re used to certain habits and routines, is easier said than done. If you’ve been having a hard time adjusting to healthier living for you and your family, these tips may give you the boost you need.
Break Down the Big Picture
What is it you wish to improve about your health? Are you looking to lose weight, exercise more, eat better foods, or recover from an illness like diabetes and high blood pressure? Once you have a clear understanding of what you want, you can better create steps towards achieving them.
Let’s say you want to lose 50 lbs. It would be unrealistic and also be discouraging to try setting a goal of losing all that weight in a month. However, it is possible to lose the weight in 6 months to a year. Dividing 50 by the number of weeks in a year would mean you’d need to lose 1lb per week or more to meet that goal. This is a lot more realistic, and therefore, more obtainable for the average person.
Find Something That Works for You
If you were to conduct online research about living a healthier lifestyle you’d find a bunch of different methodologies, diet programs, exercise routines, and ways of reaching those goals. What works for some, may not work for all. For example, one person may find going to the gym to be the best way for them to get in shape, while another may decide to join a dance class. Some may opt to continue trying to live healthier by taking the DIY route, while others may prefer the coaching, meal plans, support, and advice they get from an online diet program.
The more uninterested you are in something the harder it will be for you to make the changes. Therefore, it is best to find a plan that works for you. When you enjoy what you’re doing and it easily fits into your lifestyle, it is a lot easier to stay motivated to make the change.
When you’re making a life change that challenges your day to day life, it can be helpful to rely on the support of others. Whether it be friends and family members or other people you know who are trying to improve their health, there is comfort in knowing someone knows what you’re going through. They can provide words of encouragement, give accounts for their own experiences, and when you need it, be right by your side going through the process with you.
Another obstacle that many have when trying to lose weight or live a healthier life is seeing the difference or reward for their efforts. You’ve cut out most sugary drinks but still haven’t lost weight or you’ve been at the gym daily but don’t seem to be getting results outside of the aches and pains from working out. This can be discouraging and push you back to your old ways.
The truth is, however, for most people, the progress won’t be visible right away. One way to see the results faster would be to chart your progress. Taking photos of yourself every month, for instance, can show you how you’re slimming down even when you can’t see the difference in the mirror. This would encourage you to keep going despite what tricks your mind may be playing on you.
Being healthy is something everyone should want. It is also something that everyone can achieve with discipline, motivation, structure, and change. If you’ve been struggling with feelings of defeat, lack of progress (or progress you can see), or simply can’t seem to wrap your mind around the idea of making huge lifestyle adjustments, you are encouraged to use the advice above. It can help to remove some of the biggest barriers, giving you the boost you need to succeed.