We’re all, at some point, guilty of saying we’ll do something that we eventually push to the side or lose the motivation to maintain momentum in the long-run. Starting and sticking to a healthy habit can sometimes seem impossible.
Often, it is simply because people lack the motivation to get started or eventually lose the motivation to keep going. Definitely, motivation is something to be worked upon to keep yourself going in the long-run.
The truth is, healthy and active people didn't achieve that lifestyle overnight. It's because they adopted the right habits that they found success. And more importantly, they stick to it. It’s a constant work in progress.
Listed below are 5 things that we feel will make your life better and/or help you with developing empowering habits -
1. Define your Why
Determine all the reasons why you want to make such a change in your life and write them down. Writing down all the reasons why you wanna do it will keep you committed towards your Goals.
Try to read them everyday or when you’re tempted to deviate from them.
Your reasons could include preventing diabetes, improving your self-confidence, fitting into your favorite denims or whatever you feel will push you forward.
2. Start by making small Changes
Start with small changes. Once you have determined your ultimate goals, it is important to take it step by step and work on smaller, short-term goals.
It might include replacing an unhealthy breakfast option with a protein smoothie or fresh juice (of your choice) or skipping that Netflix & Chill for a brisk walk post dinner.
When these small changes are done without much of a hassle, you are more likely to be motivated to achieve a much bigger goal in the long-run.
Remember, changing everything at once might result in not changing anything at all.
3. Practice mindful eating
Learn to control food instead of letting food control you. With an abundance of food choices, it is necessary to be more aware of the food that we put into our bodies and how it ultimately makes us feel.
So while you ate that one extra Chapati for lunch feeling hungry, only to realize later that your brain takes 20 minutes to realize that you’re full. The fullness signal may not arrive until you have already eaten too much.
The core principle of mindful eating lies in the distinction between emotional and physical hunger.
4. Make sleep your priority
Sleep is a really important part of your life. One should aim for at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night.
In fact, research shows that insufficient sleep can raise an individual's risk of obesity, diabetes, mood swings, cardiovascular issues and other health concerns.
Plan on sleeping around the same time every night and wake up around the same time ever morning. This helps bring structure into your life.
5. Schedule 30 minutes a day for exercise to start with
Find an exercise that you enjoy. Whether it's taking the time out of your day to go for a workout or an evening jog, just a little bit of movement each day can help make a dramatic difference.
Just 30 minutes a day is a good enough starting point and soon you’ll yourself want to increase the amount of time you spend working out since it feels amazing after clocking in a good workout session.
The list of great habits is virtually endless.
The main thing is to get off that couch, get out there and start executing. Step. By. Step. Set your mind to something and execute.