My biggest lessons in life have come through personal experiences and coaching clients throughout their weight loss journey. Honestly, this is one of the reasons I love coaching so much. It is because I learn more from YOU than you learn from me.
I will tell you a little secret…
When it comes to turning short-term success to long-term sustainability it all comes down to building one thing; habits.
If you think about it, practically everything we do on a daily basis involves rituals and routines. Some might wake up and have a cup of Joe, while others might rush straight to work and eat something on the way. These are things that are constructed over time and practiced day to day.
We are all creatures of habit. These so-called “habits” impact the way we do things and the things we do. For a vast majority of us, getting started with fitness goes against all established habits. It is completely understandable and I get it!
I mean, eating healthy, working out, drinking water, and even limiting sugar can be really overwhelming for someone just looking to start. Why? because they’ve never done these things before and all of the sudden they’re bombarded with all these changes at once which ultimately leads to failure.
Instead, we must take each individual aspect and make it slowly a habit one by one. Slow and steady always wins the race.
That means avoiding all extremes and using moderation because balance is key.
Now, I’m sure you want to get to the bottom of this and start changing those habits for the better. Keep in mind this short list is by no means complete. There are lots of things that could still be incorporated here to make fitness YOUR habit.
For now, if you incorporate these 9 tips or even just some of them I can almost guarantee you’ll develop a healthier relationship with fitness:
1. Make sure to eat enough calories!
- In order for our bodies to perform optimally, it needs to have all the necessary nutrients available to support daily functions.
- Restrict calories too much and you’ll experience those irresistible cravings. It is a one-way ticket to binge city and we definitely do not want that.
2. Choose healthy foods YOU enjoy!
- There are tons of quality nutritious foods out there. Find the ones you like most and the ones you feel you can stick to on a daily basis.
- Don’t like oatmeal? Have sweet potatoes instead. Don’t like brown rice? Have jasmine rice instead.
3. Don’t be super strict with your diet!
- Even though we want to consume the vast majority of our food from nutritious whole-food sources it is perfectly fine to allow some room for YOUR favorite foods (ice cream, cookies, pizza, donuts, etc…)
- Check out my recipes for delicious friendly foods!
- This way you’ll develop a healthy relationship with food.
4. Don’t punish yourself with exercise!
- Exercise should NEVER be viewed as punishment. It is a privilege.
- Think about it you get to train and improve every aspect of your life (feel, look, and function)
5. Adjust exercise and food around YOUR lifestyle!
- Remember, we are trying to build HABITS here. It makes no sense to implement something that is not going to work for your schedule or that is not convenient for you. So find something that works for YOU.
- What can you do for 21 days consistently? Make it work in your favor, not against it.
6. It is always better to do something than nothing!
- Don’t think of fitness as an all or nothing mentality.
- A 15-minute walk will always beat sitting on the couch watching T.V.
- Find ways to move more.
8. Don’t focus on others, focus on YOU!
- Don’t worry about what someone else is doing. Who cares if Joe or Amy are fitter and leaner.
- Your progress is what’s most important.
- Focus on beating the person you were yesterday and making constant improvements day in and day out.
9. Enjoy the process!
- Make fitness fun for you. The more enjoyable you make it the more likely you will sustain it long-term and create a habit.
- Never let it cause you stress. It is supposed to do the complete opposite.
- Find out what activities or exercises you enjoy and adapt accordingly. Mix it up!
As I said before, I could have so much more to add to this list but these are my top nine.
Do you have anything to add to this list?
Is there anything else that you might have tried that has increased your ability to adopt fitness as a lifestyle?
If so, let me know down below!
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