- Start slow. Rome wasn’t built in a day and solid fitness habits won’t be either. If you’re new to the fitness lifestyle, trying to change every bad habit you’ve created over the course of your life all at once can be overwhelming. Often, people give up because they try to do too much, too fast. Slow down. This is a lifelong journey and you can’t rush greatness.
- Don’t go too slow. Going too slow when implementing change can lead to stagnation and boredom. Add new healthy habits slowly, but not so slow that you get comfortable. Once you feel like you’re on a roll with something, it might be a good time to implement the next step. Comparatively, if you’re struggling with one thing (diet for instance), then it might not be a great time to add in the next one (exercise for instance). Pay attention to how you are handling each step and objectively decide whether or not you can handle more.
- Listen to your body. Sleep when you need sleep. Rest when you are sick. Do more when you’re feeling unstoppable. Pay Attention, your body knows what it needs.
- Don’t beat yourself up. Missed the gym one day? Neglected to eat properly? Don’t sweat it. It happens to everyone and stressing about it won’t help. Just get back on track as soon as you can and forget about it.
- Pay attention to what triggers bad habits into resurfacing. If you can’t avoid these triggers, then proactively prepare for them.
- Find activities you enjoy. Hate doing cardio on a treadmill? Don’t. Find an alternative, such as playing indoor basketball, running outside, biking etc. The opportunities are endless. If you don’t love it, it becomes a chore, which sets you up for failure.
- Surround yourself with positive, supportive people. Finding a gym buddy is a great way to keep yourself and a friend accountable to your goals and it makes it more fun too. Your support network is crucial in helping build healthy habits and making sure they last because they are the ones who will push you when you feel like giving up and help you get back on track when you do slip up!
By Rebecca Hammon