January is basically the Monday of months. We all start strong. Ready to kick off the new year with a resolution we’re aggressively committed to. Whether your resolution was to run outside more, workout three times a week, or cut sugar out of your diet, you want to succeed in executing it for more than the first month (hopefully it continues throughout the new year). So, to help you out, we’ve got a few pointers regarding how to turn your health kick into a habit.
Set a goal, then build on it. You shouldn’t expect yourself to be at the peak of your fitness prime on day one (by doing so, you’re essentially just setting yourself up for a let down). Keep your goals realistic, and measurable. This way, you can continue to grow. If you’re building on your health and wellness goals, and continuing to move forward, then you’ll be more inspired to keep up the momentum. Because we’re all motivated by progress.
Find What Works for You
Because if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life, right? The same goes for dieting and exercising. Luckily, in 2018 there are so many new workout styles and classes. And, diets are now designed for health and longevity, rather than just a quick fix or weight loss.
Take the time to explore all of your options. If you’re not absolutely in love with your workout routine, then switch it up and see if you enjoy something else more. With a little bit of trial and error, chances are you’ll find something that’s awesome to do and awesome for you. Not to mention, it’s always an added bonus getting to introduce your friends to fun new ways to sweat.
Don’t Beat Yourself Up
It’s important to remember that every fitness regimen falters sometimes. The key to longevity is moderation. Understand that in order to maintain a habit, sometimes you’ll hit the gym hot and heavy (hot and sweaty), and sometimes you’ll just want to walk outside for 15 minutes, or enjoy some much needed “me time” lounging on the couch after work instead.
Everything you do is equally important to your health and wellbeing. And don’t beat yourself up for wanting to take it easy every once in a while. You can always get back to the gym the next day, week, or even month. And, in giving yourself the little breaks you need, you’ll ultimately maintain a healthy lifestyle, rather than burning yourself out.
When creating any habit, arguably one of the best sayings to recall is that Rome wasn’t built overnight. So, start small, have fun, and give yourself a break every once in a while. Cheers to a happy and healthy 2018.