So, it’s that time of year again where we have over-indulged over Christmas and want to get healthier in the new year. Many of us will have started a healthy eating plan/diet or joined a gym in January, but how long will it last?
If you are looking at making some lifestyle changes and improving your health, I have some tips for you in helping to reach your goals…
Many people set vague goals which aren’t really inspiring such as losing weight, cutting out sugar, drinking more water etc but they aren’t very specific and easy to measure. Your brain is much better at working towards something such as “I want to increase my water intake to 1 litre a day within the next 2 weeks” or “I aim to lose a stone within the next 8 weeks”. That way you have a clear goal and timeframe in which to work towards.
Don’t set yourself up to fail before you’ve begun. Aiming to lose a stone in 2 weeks or running 5k when you haven’t exercised in a long time isn’t realistic or healthy. Think about what would be realistic for you, taking into account your current lifestyle.
Take your lifestyle and daily routine into consideration and plan for any obstacles or set backs that you might encounter. If you goal is to drop a stone, then plan your meals for the week and prep in advance if you have time. Write down any social events that you have coming up and if you are going to a restaurant, have a look at the menu beforehand and choose your meal.
Don’t try and change everything at once
If you set yourself lots of things to work on, it can be overwhelming and you may find that you give up after a few weeks. Set small, weekly goals that you can stick to and then when you have accomplished them and they have become a habit, move on to the next one. For example, if your goal is to get fitter and you haven’t exercised for a long time then it would be better to build this up slowly with either a couple of exercise classes/gym sessions a week or 15 minutes of brisk walking a day and then increase in a few week’s time.
Write some positive affirmations as if you have already achieved your goals
Examples of this would be “I feel so much more confident that I have reached my ideal weight of…” or “It is 31st March 2020 and I am so proud of myself to have completed a 5k park run”. Write them down and read them every day – this will also give your brain something to work towards.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness! Tell someone what your goals are and ask them to check in with you to give you accountability or look for some support groups that you can join.
If your goals are health related then I offer programs ranging from 30 days to 90 days where I provide personalised advice, support and accountability to help keep you on track, so reach out to me if this is something that would be beneficial to you.