5 LOW-COST TIPS TO GOOD HEALTH HABITS
Most New Year’s resolutions for getting fit don’t often last more than a few months. If this has been your resolution for years, or you can’t seem to get over the 3-month hump, you may need to rethink the way you begin the journey.
Rather than talking about it, the key to committing to a healthier you is not waiting for New Year’s, but starting now. We want to help you break-down barriers that prevent you from taking the first step, so here are some low-cost tips that can help you move in the right direction.
Use an app or a food journal to note what kinds of foods you eat throughout the day.
Make sure you are getting fit for the best reasons: want clothes to fit better, want to be happier when you look in the mirror, be healthier, etc. Talk to your doctor. Next, choose an exercise program that you like, so you are more likely to stick with it. There are apps and coupon companies that enable you to try out different programs, so have fun with it. Once you have figured both of those out, you won’t have to talk yourself into pulling on those exercise clothes every day.
GIVE YOURSELF SMALL GOALS TO MEET
Everyone wants to lose 15 pounds, exercise every day or be able to lift 50 pounds, but that is not practical on a week-to-week basis, or even in a month. It’s better to set small goals: lose 5 pounds by the end of the month, start with two exercise classes per week or be able to increase the weight by a pound per week, or check out these inexpensive ideas for starting your own home-gym for under $50.
Figure out the times of day where you are apt to cheat, and create an activity to keep you from snacking i.e., take a walk, do something crafty, play with the kids.
DON’T GET DISCOURAGED
Developing good habits isn’t going to happen overnight. Keep finding ways to stay motivated, whether you workout with a friend, or have someone you can talk to when you feel you aren’t achieving the results you want.
Even when you begin to develop good habits, you are guaranteed to slip up every now and then. When that happens, guilt is only going to make it that much harder to get back on track. Don’t beat yourself up, but go back to being aware of what you are doing. Also, reassess your goals to make sure they aren’t too difficult for you to achieve.
Whether you start now, or you decide to wait until after the holidays, just remember that breaking those bad eating and exercise habits will help ensure that this time you won’t have to make the same resolution next year.
This article was written by Christine Hall, contributor for The Daily Clutch.