After indulging in bad health habits for so many years, it can seem impossible to change. You may have convinced yourself you have missed the boat on creating wellness, but nothing could be further from the truth. It is never too late to turn things around, you just need to find the strategies that will give you the best chances of long-term success, and keep you motivated over the long-haul. Here are just a few to get you started.
Why do you want to be healthier? This is a question that requires much more thought than you think it does. The surface answers like knowing it is good for you, wanting to look better or wanting to lose weight are all well and fine, but too broad to really motivate you. You need to go well beyond this. You have to find out your deepest motivations, and only then will you find the resolve to do what you need to do. It will still feel challenging but less so because you have decided you really want this. So, write out your list of ‘why’ and ask why that, and then why that until you hit the root.
Do What You Can to Make It Fun
The thought of changing our lifestyle is not always met with enthusiasm. We think of giving up all the things we love, doing things we really don’t want to do, and eating food we really don’t want to eat. And, yeah, while it can be a challenge to get to a place where healthy choices feel natural and not forced, this doesn’t mean the journey has to be torture.
There are so many ways to exercise and get in shape. You can take walks around your neighborhood with friends, or take in natural beauty with a hike. There are loads of fun fitness classes at gyms and recreation centers. Martial arts are a great way to get in shape, both mentally and physically—many report major changes in their lives from taking these classes, such as increased self-esteem and greater discipline. Hop online to get a karate overview , probably the most popular type of training, as well as to learn about other forms.
If you want to make healthier meals, consider taking some cooking classes. Use meal prep time as a chance to bond with the kids and teach them about healthy foods.
The effort to be healthier doesn’t have to be all work and no fun.
Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day
One of the main reasons people falter in their efforts to be healthier is trying to make these dramatic changes virtually overnight. Your bad habits built up over a period of years, and in theory, we can transform overnight, but it isn’t likely. Just try and take things one day at a time. Don’t go from eating McDonald’s every other day to becoming a raw vegan. Don’t set a goal to walk five miles a day when going up the stairs feels like a Herculean effort. Be forgiving of the slip-ups because there will probably be some. Remember you are in this for the long-haul so just get back on track as soon as you can.