This article focuses on how to start living a healthier lifestyle and tips on staying motivated, especially when you want to quit.
If you’re looking to start your health journey or have some unwanted weight that you would like to lose or want to tone up whatever your goals may be, these tips will help you. So here they are:
To ease into it: When everybody starts a workout routine or starts living a healthy lifestyle, they go zero to a hundred, and you cannot do that. Doing that is going to lead to burnout, and you’re going to give up, it’s really important to start with one or two days a week especially if you’re coming from zero and ease your way into it. It’s imperative that when you’re starting a healthy lifestyle, you are creating habits, so when you pick those two days to be active or to work out, do not skip them. You are doing this for you, and you will have a better day after being active. So it’s imperative that you do not skip them.
1. Not to extreme diet
There are plenty of diets going around that you can find. There is low carb keto, whole 30weight watchers, that’s just a few, but there are plenty of diets, and you will not have trouble finding one. But instead of extreme dieting or cutting out major food groups, it’s better to slowly implementing vegetables and healthy foods into your diet. It’s recommended slowly taking it out of your diet rather than just taking it out entirely and depriving yourself because that never works. And then on the other end slowly start incorporating healthy foods into your diet and eventually you’ll be on your way to eating clean and healthy, and you’ll figure out what foods make you feel the best.
2. Find an exercise that you love too
Many people start workout routines that they think that they’re supposed to do or that they have to do, and doing so always leads to quitting because they don’t like it. You have to pick a workout routine that you love, whether that be weightlifting, strength training, running, classes, or anything, but you need to make sure that you love it so that you stick with it. It has to be something that you like and can tolerate, and overtime, as you see your progress, you will start to love it.
Make sure that it aligns with your goals, so if your goals are to lose some weight and tone up, then really any fitness routine is going to work well for you. But if you’re looking to like build lean muscle, then running isn’t going to be your best plan. Just as if you’re looking to build endurance or run a marathon, weightlifting isn’t going to be the most efficient either. So you want to find something that you love first. But then try to make sure that it aligns with your goals because if it’s not aligning to your goals and you don’t see the changes you’re looking for, you’re going to get burnt out pretty quickly and you’re not going to stick with it.
3. Not be so hard on yourself
You are going to fall off the wagon you are going to eat unhealthy foods and aren’t necessarily a part of your plan. You’re going to skip workouts; you are only human, and instead of getting so discouraged and beating up on yourself when you do that, it’s essential to hop right back on.
That’s the biggest problem that people have when they start living a healthier lifestyle is they get discouraged immediately when they fall off. But don’t do that. Give yourself grace. When you hop back on it, that’s when you create consistency, and that’s when you start to see the changes happen.
4. Set goals
If you want your results to stick and want to live a healthy lifestyle rather than just a quick fix, it’s going to take time. You have to set goals that revolve around things that are internally, and they also need to be realistic. So instead of saying I want to fit into a size 26 jean or I want to weigh 135, you should try to set goals that are more like I want to feel better or I want to be able to lift 20 pounds, or I want to be able to run two miles non-stop. Set goals that are more performance-related or internal about how you feel, and you’ll be so much more motivated to achieve them rather than solely on your outward appearance.
We are only human; we want to look better, and that is the majority of people’s goals and intentions; when they start working out is to want to look better, there’s nothing wrong with that but know that that shouldn’t be your only or even your main goal.
Final thoughts | Start living a healthier lifestyle
So those are some of the tips. Life is meant to be enjoyed and lived, and fitness is a great way to enhance your life, but it should never be your entire life because that robs you of all the blessings that life has to offer.
Author Bio: Jennifer Ford is a content writer/Blogger at ReadMyBlogOnline. She writes on multiple categories on health, Fitness and Lifestyle. She has just started her career in the Blogging field. Apart from Blogging she enjoys cooking, reading books and playing tennis with her friends in her spare time.