4 Tips for Living Healthy in 2016
It’s January, and positive change is in the air! As we move into the new year, it’s a perfect time to start setting new goals and intentions for the months ahead. For many, this may involve a change of lifestyle – whether that be eating healthier, developing an exercise regime or committing to new healthy habits.
This year I’ve decided to make a few tweaks to my lifestyle in terms of my exercise and nutrition. They’re not super lofty goals (although lofty goals are great too!) but actually quite small changes that I think will make a big difference. I realise that many people begin on January 1st with good intentions, only to forget them by February – but that doesn’t mean we can’t make our goals a reality.
Today I’m going to be sharing my 4 tips to help you make your healthy habits stick in 2016:
#1 Set Realistic Goals
Take some time to reflect on what you want for the year ahead. Your goals needn’t be massive – honestly, one of mine is to eat more kale! That said, if you’re looking at making some big changes this year be sure to think them through beforehand. Are they realistic? Sometimes we can set ourselves up for disappointment by creating goals that are unrealistic or downright unattainable! If weight loss is your goal, make sure you do so sustainably – don’t expect to look like Jessica Alba overnight. By managing your expectations you are more likely to achieve your goals and feel a greater sense of accomplishment, create positive feedback loops and set yourself up for future success.
#2 Prepare, Prepare, Prepare!
As they say – if you fail to prepare, prepare to fail.
Poor planning is often where many goals never leave the ground. Sit down and create a logical plan for how you are going to achieve your goals. This may mean breaking your goal down into more manageable sizes – for example, I will lose X kg per month. If your goal is to transition into a healthier diet (maybe even a paleo diet!) this may mean researching, planning your meals, clearing the pantry of unhealthy foods or stocking up on healthy, fresh food. Similarly, if you’re goal is fitness, you might start by researching workout plans, signing up for a gym membership (don’t be discouraged by those who call this cliche) or searching for at-home fitness tutorials on YouTube.
Personally, I’ve started scheduling workouts into my weekly planner. I’m hoping this will help me to be more consistent in the gym. Already I’ve found myself more committed to my workouts because I rely less on ‘feeling like it’ and I just do it!
#3 Take Action
You’ve got your plan and it’s time to make your goals a reality.
Start cooking healthy meals. Put on your joggers and go! As I said previously, sometimes this means relying less on ‘feeling like it’ and simply committing to your plan. If you find yourself becoming unmotivated, you could consider hiring a PT, joining an online community or sharing your goals with friends or family. By making yourself accountable to others, there’s a higher likelihood that you will follow through.
That said, routine trumps willpower any day. Motivation comes and goes – but by developing a solid routine you’re more likely to get results!
#4 Keep Going & Don’t Feel Discouraged
The path to success is often two steps forward and one step back – the trick is to pick yourself up and just keep going!
When it comes to diet and exercise, it’s likely that you’re going to slip up at some point. Something comes up and you can’t fit in a workout. You eat something you shouldn’t. It happens. Don’t let yourself become discouraged and don’t give up on your goals!
Did you set any resolutions this year? How are you going to achieve your goals? Comment below!