Whether you want to lose weight, work out more often, eat more fruits and veggies or a combo platter of the three, you are determined to live a more healthy lifestyle. In order to help your new resolutions stick, check out the following tips:
Skip the Extreme Vows
One of the fastest ways to give up healthy habits is to go at them with an all-or-nothing approach that makes you feel disappointed and unable to succeed. Yes, you want to eat more healthily, but telling yourself “No more Doritos or Oreos, ever” will probably have you craving them 24/7. Start with better choices at one meal and then build on your success; for example, if you are prone to driving for fast food on your lunch break, stock up on healthy foods that are easy to pack like salad bowls, pre-cut up fruit and cheese sticks with whole grain crackers.
Turn to Tech for Help
Instead of paying for a spendy gym membership, consider investing in a fitness tracker that can monitor everything from how many steps you take a day to how often your heart rate is in the fat-burning range. Fitness trackers can also vibrate every hour or so if it detects you have not moved, encouraging you to get up from the computer or couch and get in some needed steps. Many of these fitness devices pair with a smartphone to give extra information about your health and also keep records of your fitness goals; if it’s been some time since you’ve upgraded your phone, you may want to consider getting a top of the line model like the iPhone SE. T-Mobile is offering a great deal on the iPhone SE; if you buy a new iPhone and iPhone SE with a finance agreement, you can get up to $400 back with a prepaid card — this is essentially like getting the iPhone SE for free.
Try it For 30 Days
Most new habits take three to four weeks to become automatic. As you come up with your health-related goals, vow to stick with them for 30 days and then start on the first day of the month. Jot down your progress and what goals you have achieved on each calendar day; this will give you a visual reminder that you are making progress. If you can make it through this first month of healthy habits, chances are good you will continue to stick with them for the long haul.
Add Healthy Habits to Things You Are Already Doing
If you routinely walk to the corner coffee shop every afternoon for an iced java, add in a brisk walk around the block before heading there. If you meet a close friend for lunch every Saturday, use this opportunity to try new restaurants that serve healthy choices, and park farther away to get in some more steps. Rather than drastically changing your schedule to allow workout time, adding in a few minutes of extra exercise to a regular habit will probably be easier to follow.
Frequently Reward Your Progress
Instead of promising yourself a shopping spree after you lose 25, 40 or 60 pounds or more or that you will buy those fancy new running shoes once you can jog for 30 minutes without stopping on the treadmill, reward yourself for reaching smaller goals. Once you have dropped those first 5 pounds, get a pedi with your BFF or head to the movies with your sweetie. If you go an entire week without touching fast food, go to the mall over the weekend and treat yourself to that new gadget you have been eyeing.