Everyone starts somewhere is a fairly common phrase that most of us have been told at one point or another in life. When you are beginning a new chapter in your life (such as starting a healthy lifestyle), that cliche seems to surround you. You might utter it to yourself if you’re struggling with a new exercise regimen or starting a healthy lifestyle, or a friend may use it to remind you not to be so hard on yourself. Wherever it comes from, this oldie but goodie is exactly that.
At the age of 27, I have found that now more than ever my friends are coming to me seeking health and fitness advice. For numerous reasons, whether they be physical or mental, my friends don’t know where to start. Like many of you reading they are slightly intimidated by what the change they want actually requires. To be honest, it’s a lot more simple then you would imagine.Here are some tips to follow when stating a healthy lifestyle so you can stick with your changes long-term.
Key Tips to Starting a Healthy Lifestyle
Don’t be dramatic! (Unless you are advised by a doctor.)—We all know sugar is bad for us. That doesn’t mean the first step is to NEVER HAVE SUGAR AGAIN IN YOUR LIFE. By making drastic changes like this, you set yourself up to binge in the future, and when you do that, you might has well have not taken the break to begin with. Take a look at your daily diet and habits and eliminate one thing at a time so you do not shock your body completely. Maybe start by getting rid of that soda…but that’s just a suggestion.
Make the time to move your body—If you don’t have the time to exercise now…how will you have it when you make the change? I always say to anyone that asks, “You gotta want it.” Wanting it includes MAKING the time. You must realize that doing something active for 10 minutes a day is a lot better than doing nothing active at all. Put it in your daily plans and realize once you’ve written it down or typed it in…it is not something that can get rescheduled for a later date. Look at it like a promise to yourself and see it through. No one has ever been upset at the healthier version of themselves.
Eliminate unnecessary temptation—There is already plenty of temptation in society. So it would be wise to avoid it when you can. Keep things healthy in your home so when it’s time to eat you will be surrounded by only nutritional options. If you are used to eating Oreos and upon getting hungry find Oreo’s in your pantry that lettuce doesn’t stand a chance.
Do something fun—If you don’t like running, please do not choose your first goal to be running a 5K. If you are not inspired by or enjoying your workouts it’s naturally a lot harder to find the motivation to show up and to continue. It also makes it a lot easier to get out of it by saying, “I tried and it wasn’t for me.” When people say this to me my response is, “Well naturally running isn’t for people who don’t like to run…so try something else.” We live in a time where there are so many different, fun and exciting forms of fitness. They have thought of something for everyone. Things to do at home as well as things to go out and do with others. Make your way through the fitness world and see what sticks. If you like what you are doing, you are a lot more likely to succeed.
Don’t compare yourself to others—Chances are very high that if you go to take a yoga class for your first time, someone in there has taken a yoga class before. It’s unfair to yourself and your spirit to look around the room and compare yourself to what others are doing. They too had their first class once. Know that you are there for YOU and they are there for THEM.
Stay inspired, stay motivated and do not quit. We live in a time of instant gratification, but when it comes to the body and your inner health (especially when starting a healthy lifestyle) you must practice patience. You must never lose sight that this is the only body you are given. Be good to it and it will be good to you.