Sticking to a healthy lifestyle is hard work. You have moments of inspiration here and there; you might see somebody with a toned and muscular body and it makes you think, “that’s what I want.” Of course, once you actually get started with a certain workout routine or diet, you realize that it’s always harder than it originally seemed on the surface and you end up slipping back into old habits.
The secret to making your healthy lifestyle permanent is to avoid seeing it as a mission with an end goal. There shouldn’t be a time limit on staying healthy. Your goal shouldn’t be to lose weight quickly so that you can squeeze into a nice outfit. Your goal should be to find a balanced and healthy consistent weight because fluctuating between sizes is just as unhealthy as being underweight or overweight. If you want to find a permanent lifestyle that works for you then here are some helpful steps to guide you.
Diet is the cause of much grief for many people trying to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Perhaps you’ve tried to eat more healthily in the past. If you’ve attempted a “crash” diet to lose weight quickly then that’s where you were going wrong. Starving your body is just as unhealthy as overeating. You shouldn’t just aim to “lose weight”; you should aim to eat fewer bad things and more of the right things.
Home-cooking is a good place to begin, but you still need to be careful with homemade food. Think about the cooking process. Don’t over-boil vegetables because you’ll lose most of the nutrients and vitamins that make them so good for you. Don’t use too much butter or oil on food going into the oven. You shouldn’t be avoiding calories like the plaque; just make sure you’re getting the right vitamins and nutrients in all of the calories you do consume.
If you hate running because it’s boring or you hate going to the gym because you don’t like being surrounded by other people who’ve been working out for years then find a way of exercising which works for you. All that matters is you keep your body active; it doesn’t matter how you do it. Perhaps you could find a sport that you and your friends enjoy so that exercise becomes a fun social activity rather than a chore. You could even do some research into working out at home vs the gym because you don’t need to lose the house to exercise. At the end of the day, you can be physically active anywhere. Find something that works for you and you’ll be more likely to make it a permanent part of your lifestyle.
Finally, don’t neglect the importance of the mind in this journey. Finding a healthy diet and exercise routine is a good start but you won’t be able to stick to your healthy new lifestyle if you don’t really want it in your heart. As mentioned throughout this article, you won’t be able to stick to a workout routine if you’re doing a form of exercise that you find dull and you won’t be able to stick to a new diet if you’re restricting what you’re eating and essentially starving yourself. You need to find your motivation, and saying that you feel you “should” look after your health isn’t enough. You need to want to be healthier or more confident about your appearance.