So you want to adopt a healthier lifestyle eh? Good or You! You’ve got the motivation but how do you start?
Where do you start?
A good start is to understand your current habits and seek to replace the ones that you feel are not serving you. Drink too much coffee? Too much beer? Don’t exercise enough? These are habits, and can be easily shifted to pave the way for a healthier you. That is providing you replace them, and don’t try remove them.
A healthy lifestyle begins with education. Just like anything else, the more you know the further you will go!
In order to implement healthy habits, it helps to understand the components of a healthy lifestyle first:
- Social life/Relationships
- Self care
- Stress Management
- Personal Development
Do Your Homework
A great way to learn is to read, read, and read some more. Blogs, books, social media, reddit – devour the information like it was your favourite meal.
Here are a few sources I use to stay updated:
Here is a real handy guide by James Clear on mastering your habits. I would recommend this as a follow up to educating yourself on the components of a healthy lifestyle.
Practice what you read one step at a time. Say, one week you decide to learn a little more about exercise and how beneficial HIIT training is.
Incorporate 1 HIIT session into your week and schedule it around your current obligations. If you liked it, it fit well with your regime then repeat, repeat, repeat. Repetition is key to dialling in a new habit and phasing out an old one.
If it didn’t work out, try incorporate it at a different time/day or try another form of exercise.
The process of finding and locking down new habits is trial and error. Develop a habit that you can replicate on a regular basis.
Set yourself a SMART goal:
If you want to develop your physical fitness for EG, then you need supportive habits. So, once you have established what exercise you like doing, how often you want to do it/week then its time to set a goal.
For E.G. – I will go to the gym 3 x a week, run for 30 minutes each session in order to run 5 miles in under 40 minutes. I will achieve this 2 months from now.
A goal provides something to aim for and gives you a reason to start implementing healthy habits.
Good luck on finding the habits that serve YOU best!