Why eat a salad when your co-worker just brought delicious brownies to the company potluck? Or go on a run when your favorite television show is on and the couch is calling your name?
Starting a healthy habit is easy, but sticking to it can be hard. We have some tips to help you along the way.
Be focused, but flexible
It’s good to have a set of guidelines for what you should be eating and how much you should be exercising — especially if they follow the federal Dietary and Physical Guidelines.
But when you completely cut out a sweet treat or trade television time for a nightly walk, you might be more likely to go back to bad habits. So, indulging yourself every once in a while can actually be good for your health.
Don’t make it harder than it should be
If you put yourself in difficult positions by filling your freezer with ice cream or not having clean gym clothes, you are more likely to make bad choices. Don’t set yourself up for failure!
There are plenty of things you can do to promote your own success, whether you’re trying to eat healthier or exercise more. For example, put fresh fruit in a bowl on your kitchen table or pack your gym bag before you head to work.
Find joy in the little things
Be sure to look at the big picture, and celebrate the little moments along the way. While you might have only lost a half of a pound this week, how much have you lost since you started making healthy choices? How much better do you feel?
Even if you aren’t losing weight, you might be gaining muscle or improving your whole body health. Adapting to a healthy lifestyle is a long process, but it gets easier if you can develop habits to live by.