Y’all tell me, how many times have you sat to make a beautiful plan for healthy living habits but lazing around every time to step on it? Even if you started to work on it by the time you failed to continue it for long?
Let me tell you straightforwardly the reason why you are not able to make it long is that you are trying to do everything at once. Walking 5 km on day one, 20 squats on day one, eating all green on day one and finishing a novel on day one!
This day one enthusiasm is pulling you back on day two or three. This is not leading you to healthy habits but holding you and you are just stuck with planning which without execution is of no use other than stress and self doubt.
You’re not the only one repeating this same thing. I was also the one among you, who used to buy a beautiful decorative year planner, write down my goals but was never able to check those habits at the end of the day.
Now, Instead of changing my routine, I’ve modified it with healthy habits so that these habits don’t feel like a burden on our daily routine. In this article I’m going to tell you some points to keep in mind to start your healthy living and also we’ll look at some healthy habits you can opt in your daily routine to kick start your journey and stay them for long and maybe forever with you.
You must agree with me that if you want to create healthy habits then a small effort is required. What if I tell you that these efforts will not take extra time. You can combine some healthy habits with your routine activities. Things that we do everyday regularly and at the same time. Our brain becomes so automatic that we are doing these activities ideally. For instance, try to do small exercises while brushing, cooking, cleaning or even while bathing. Now, you can easily do 2–3 sit ups or squats or stretching. This is not hard and will warm up your body for the day.
As I earlier said, your first day over enthusiasm makes you more lazy in the coming few days. We spend more time in the gym, we try to eat all healthy on the first day of our plan. We feel bored in less than 4 days. In case, if you are working on leaving your bad habits like watching too much TV or smoking then you shouldn’t try to quit them initially but minimize them. Always make your plan like a ladder with one step forward only when you climb the lower one.
Consistency keeps your spirit up always. Our goals are incomplete without consistency but there is a high chance that your goal might break up if you don’t maintain consistency. Now, a question might be revolving around your mind ‘How to maintain consistency?’ To answer this I would simply suggest you to don’t let the chain break. I understand that there are days when we don’t feel like following the plan due to ill health, work stress or anything in the world. In that case, don’t completely skip your healthy routine. Instead try to do at least 1–2 pushups or squats and eat healthy at least one time a day. Reason being, if you skip them then you’ll feel more lazy the next day you try to follow your health schedule.
This step is something that you should follow only when you’re comfortable. Making something easy requires extra effort. It means that if you make your goals easy by preparing for it earlier. For instance, sleep in your sports clothes so that in the morning when you are about to snooze your alarm, you’ll automatically feel like going out for jogging or to the gym. If you want to save your time in the morning to make a healthy breakfast, then chop the veggies in the night before going to sleep. These preparations should be part of your healthy habits.
Here, you can include your family and friends. To develop healthy eating habits, you should take the help from your companions to make you something delicious or organize a healthy cooking party.
In case you are going to the gym or working out at home, then go to the park or some nature surrounding place to follow up just for the change and to feel more fresh.
Rewards are important not only in professional life but also in your self motivating life too. You must be bored of doing the same routine, healthy exercises or eating healthy. Now you need to reward yourself but not compromise with your hard made dream routine. So, I would suggest you to watch your favourite movie while on the treadmill, organize a healthy movie stay with your friends but don’t forget to make it delicious, dance while cooking in the morning on your fav music. I hope you get the point and make your fav movies your reward while achieving your healthy lifestyle targets of the day.
Here, we’ve covered 6 ways to create healthy habits that you can follow if you are facing issues to start a healthy journey and let it stay long and forever. These are the basic points yet you are free to add your own creative elements to them according to your needs. Don’t make your plan too rigid, it will make you annoyed over time. Always remember that habits over time should be part of your life; they shouldn’t feel like doing anything extra. With this note, I left you to plan your healthy day ahead.