Author Nasty Fit Team / Category Home Exercises / Published: Mar-24-2020
It’s remarkable how good we feel when we live a healthy lifestyle. During quarantine, you may feel like you’ve fallen off track because your favorite gym closed down for a few months. Or maybe you’ve been indulging in one too many cookies (we don’t judge)! No matter what the case may be, here’s the beauty of health -- it is a journey that can be restarted. This article is going to tell you how to develop healthier habits to finally crush your health goals!
Your health is the one thing that is yours. It’s definitely frustrating when we experience “setbacks” with our health and wellness. But the good news is that change is possible with workout programs, healthier eating, joining a gym, and more.
Habits 101: What Are They?
Think about your daily routine. Brushing your teeth everyday is a habit and is probably second nature to you. You need to train your brain to develop habits, and eventually it becomes repetition. According to Health Line, it takes at least 18 days to form a habit. However, keep in mind that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer. It could take you a shorter amount of time to develop a habit, whereas your friend could take twice as long.
Just like brushing your teeth, whenever you get in your car the first thing you do is put your seatbelt on. You don’t think about how or why you do it, you just do. Your brain likes habits because they’re efficient. Make eating healthy or working out a habit!
Step 1: Consistency
Now that we’ve covered what exactly a habit is, let’s chat about consistency. Consistency goes hand-in-hand with creating a habit because you need to be doing it frequently enough that your brain thinks it’s second nature.
Author and inspirational speaker, Anthony Robbins, once said, “In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It's not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.”
Sticking with a workout routine/plan is a great start and can be powerful on your journey to getting back on track. Not sure where to start? We got you! Use Nastassia’s workout guides to kickstart your new habit.
Step 2: Make a Plan
What’s your daily routine look like? Think about what you do every weekday and set new goals and actions. Do you find yourself sleeping in on Monday mornings and being unproductive? Try setting an early alarm and either take a walk around your neighborhood or hit the gym.
Starting your day off on the right foot sets the tone for the rest of your day. Try to choose productivity over procrastination. Your actions are your reality, so make it count.
Step 3: One Thing at a Time
Grab a journal or planner and take one thing at a time. If you find that your to-do list is a mile long, learn how to time block. There are tons of free templates and apps out there that can make time blocking a breeze. The same goes for your health journey. It can feel overwhelming to think about how you need to eat clean and go to the gym. Start with one thing first to create healthy food habits. Head to the grocery store and pick out fruits and vegetables instead of going to the junk food aisle.
Doing positive things can feel both exciting and rewarding. The more we practice self-control, the better we become at it.
Step 4: Set Small Goals
Big numbers are scary. If your ultimate goal is to lose 100 pounds, you need to first set small milestones or it can feel overbearing and will make you want to quit. Set a goal to lose ten pounds within the span of two months and then go from there.
Along with that, if your plan is to grow your glutes, you have to remember that it doesn’t happen overnight. Take small steps toward your goal.
Step 5: Journal + Plan
Tracking your progress closely is important to achieving your health goals. Grab a journal and plan, plan, plan. You are 42% more likely to achieve your goals if they are written down.
Writing down your goals helps you get specific on what exactly you want to accomplish. The process of when you write your goals down on paper makes you strategize and allows you to ask yourself about your current process and creates a plan of action to achieve your goals.
“Things may not go the way you planned, but that doesn’t mean you lose hope. Stay positive and stay focused.”