Five Tips for Developing a Healthy New Habit
At Train With Danny, our Los Angeles personal trainer believes everyone has the opportunity to develop a healthy new habit just by making small changes that will make a big difference in how they feel.
We have a few tips on how to integrate healthy habits, so you do not feel overwhelmed by the process.
Tip One: Identify Opportunities for Change.
We all have room for growth. It is just a matter of identifying opportunities for change.
Do you reach for soda instead of water? Do you take the elevator instead of the stairs?
Try replacing sugary drinks with a healthier option or opting to use the steps, starting one sip or trip at a time.
You do not have to abandon soda at once. Simply swap one you would normally drink with water. Then, a second. The same applies to movement. If you walk your dog, add an extra block or two to your trip.
Small changes add up quickly and lead to bigger changes moving forward.
Tip Two: Make a Realistic Plan for Change.
Waking up one day with great ambitions of losing ten pounds or running a marathon is going to be quickly thwarted by the reality that both are difficult to achieve in a short amount of time.
And, unfortunately, when we set our sights too high, disappointment usually follows. Then, we give up.
Do we believe you can lose ten pounds? Certainly. Do we believe you can run a marathon? Absolutely!
However, it will take time, which means you must make a realistic plan to achieve your goals.
First, do not focus on weight loss but, instead, think about making smarter choices during mealtimes to consume fewer calories. One will lead to the other.
Next, if you want to run a marathon, but have not started a running routine yet, consider a 5K first, and get started by walking. It will help your body adjust, and help you understand which shoes/clothing/pace is right for you. Then increase your distance.
Tip Three: Be Consistent.
Making small changes will allow you to make additional modifications as your body craves more movement and better foods. When you consistently add healthy foods and beverages into your diet, the more your body will crave them.
The more you exercise, meditate, or take time to de-stress, the mere repetition of a simple action causes it to become a habit.
Tip Four: Setbacks Happen. Put Them Behind You and Keep Moving Forward.
When we begin making strides by eating healthier and moving more, the hard work pays off and will lead to you physically and psychologically feeling better.
So, when you have a jelly donut for lunch or skip a run, do not beat yourself up about it.
Dwelling on setbacks will only cause anxiety and make you feel bad about your progress.
Instead, focus on how far you have come. Then, review your goals and realign.
You can do this.
Tip Five: Ask For Support.
Building good habits also allow us to eliminate bad ones, but sometimes we all need a little help along the way. If you get into a lull in the evenings after work, consider asking your partner, friend, or family member to exercise with you — even if that just means taking a long walk.
You can also partner up with your family to make healthier meal options, even by substituting fresh food for their boxy preservative-filled counterparts throughout the week.
Before you know it, your goals will come squarely into focus.