6 Keys to Making Healthy Habits Last
By Genevieve Cunningham
Getting fit and healthy always sounds easy. Iâ€™ll just give up sodas or candy. Thatâ€™ll work! Unfortunately, itâ€™s generally a bit more difficult than that. Many times we start the process of a healthy life only to give up a few weeks later. If youâ€™re ready to get healthy and stay that way, check out these six key steps to making healthy habits stick.
If you jump and decide to change everything about your life all at once, youâ€™re setting yourself up for ultimate failure. Youâ€™re incredibly unlikely to stick with too much change at one time. Instead, just change one small aspect of your life. Once you get used to it, add another. Never forget that slow and steady wins the race.
Give Up Bad Habits
Even though adding new healthy habits is absolutely crucial for long-term fitness success, you still have to give up the old bad habits as well. Do you love ice cream before bed? Youâ€™re probably going to have to limit it. Do you smoke or use tobacco? Stopping is inevitable. Every time you add a new healthy habit, give up an old one. Out with the old, in with the new, and your healthy body will be here in no time.
Allow for Messing Up
Guess what? Youâ€™re totally going to fail some days. Sometimes youâ€™ll binge on cupcakes all day. Some days youâ€™ll skip your workout in lieu of Netflix. It happens. Allow it. Just make sure that you get back on your game as soon as you can and keep going.
Patience is Key
You are absolutely not going to change overnight. Give it time â€¦ and lots of it! Itâ€™s been a week and you canâ€™t see your six pack? Yeah â€¦ no kidding! Give it six weeks, and then six months, and then a year. Your body will change, but you have to be patient with the process.
That one awesome workout that you did today wonâ€™t mean anything if youâ€™re not being consistent. Your diet and exercise routine have to be constant. They have to be a part of your lifestyle if you really want them to work. Go ahead and try something new and exciting from time to time, but donâ€™t rely on that one workout or that one salad to get the job done.
Youâ€™ll Never be Perfect
Donâ€™t ever forget that perfection isnâ€™t real. Do you know how much makeup and Photoshop is used on models? A lot! Go easy on yourself. Strive for greatness, but donâ€™t be discouraged when your body isnâ€™t absolutely perfect. Itâ€™s never going to be, and thatâ€™s really OK.
If youâ€™re on the road to better health, donâ€™t give up! Even though it can be difficult, the journey and the end result will be more than worth it. Just add these six essential keys to your mindset and your life, and get healthy now.
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