Fitness. Workouts. Meal plans. Everywhere you look, there's an article or an ad reminding you of just how important it is to stay healthy. It's so easy to say how important that is -- but actually making it happen in your busy life? That's more of a challenge. Jumping into a fitness program or diet can be a great way to begin living a healthy lifestyle. But if it doesn’t cause a fundamental change in the way you think about health, the change is likely to be temporary. If you want to see lasting changes to your body, confidence and lifestyle you need to make sustainable changes. Check out these three tricks for changing your outlook on health and making lifestyle changes that will last!
1) Make Success the Easiest Option
This one takes some trial and error on your part, but it really pays off to think of terms of setting yourself up for easy success. For example, if you hate jogging on the treadmill at the gym, don't force yourself to do battle with that machine every day. Instead, try different workouts until you find something that you love for its own sake. If you find that you really enjoy the tranquility of swimming laps or you love the exhilaration of spin classes, suddenly those workouts become their own reward instead of a chore.
Not the gym-going sort, that's okay. There are plenty of other activities that are fun and great for your body and mind. You could join a recreational sports league, take up kayaking or stand up paddle boarding, try rock climbing, or even make a date with the yogi in the park.
Set yourself up for success by choosing a workout that you'll actually look forward to doing. Fitness should help enhance your life, not detract from it!
2) Start Small
Looking down the barrel of a big lifestyle change can be awfully daunting. And going straight from "here" to "there" -- think: cutting your daily calories in half or going from no exercise at all to an hour every day -- is often a recipe for frustration and failure. But when you chop that big goal into lots of smaller goals, it suddenly becomes manageable.
Want to work up to running an hour a day? Start with walking for ten minutes. Add another five minutes each week until you've reached an hour, then start jogging five minutes of that hour-long walk. Are you inspired to tackle a century ride (a hundred-mile ride on your bike)? Start by pedaling around your neighborhood, then build on that success by going a little farther every time.
Even once you've made fitness a regular part of your lifestyle, this trick still comes in handy. If you're having a hard time getting yourself out the door for that run or walk, or if you're struggling for motivation to get on the elliptical trainer at the gym, start with just five minutes.
Just start. Because once you have that out of the way, it's much easier to keep going.
3) Invite your Friends
Having the whole family or your circle of friends involved is one of the most powerful motivators you'll find. When you put out there you’d like to make some positive lifestyle changes, you’d be surprised at how many of your friends want to do the same. Be each other’s motivation! Run with each other, text each other motivational messages and share your successes.
Friends who fit together stick together. So do their active, healthy lifestyles.
Strong4Me Fitness is a program that can help you to incorporate small but mighty changes into your busy life, with impressive results. These 30-minute workouts were created by Kate Upton and her personal trainer, Ben Bruno, to help busy women make sustainable, lasting changes in their lives.