Anybody who wants to improve their figure and general healthiness needs to understand that a healthy lifestyle has to stick. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the most attractive method for achieving results in our modern day society. The media doesn’t promote the “long term” method. And the truth is that we don’t always want to commit to a permanent lifestyle which will slowly help to improve our health until we attain a healthy balance. We want the easiest solution. That’s why fad diets, protein shakes, and other drugs or “quick fixes” are so popular. However, these solutions don’t produce the results we want in the long term.
That’s why you need to develop good habits. If you want your toned figure, healthy body, happy mind, and other improved aspects of your lifestyle to stick then you need to make sure that your lifestyle itself sticks. It might be a gradual road to achieving the results you want, but it’s better to slowly reach your goals than to find a quick solution that will only provide temporary surface-level results (especially when those temporary solutions are often unhealthy). Still, it’s hard to know where to begin when you’re trying to fix a lifestyle that’s prone to “fluctuations” in the health department. Here are some good habits that could really make a difference to your health.
Maintaining a fixed diet.
There’s one piece of advice that so many people need to hear when they’re trying to adopt a healthier lifestyle: maintain a fixed and consistent diet. We briefly mentioned the danger of fad diets in the introduction. You might lose a lot of weight very quickly, but you’d be doing so in a very unhealthy manner. Many dietary trends involve essentially starving yourself of the nutrients and vitamins your body needs for the goal of simply cutting out carbs and calories to lose weight. But when your body starts to crave the food that’s being left out of your diet then you’re simply going to bounce back to your original unhealthy eating habits and your original weight.
That’s why you need to make it your mission to adopt a diet that you can stick to permanently. You might not shed the weight as quickly as you want, but you’ll achieve a healthy weight that way. Remember, it’s not always healthy to be skinny if you’re underweight and lacking the sustenance that you should be getting from your diet. You shouldn’t be so hard on yourself if you’re not happy with your current figure; your healthiness is more important. A better weight will come once you improve your diet. You just need to ease yourself into your new eating pattern. Make a food diary to keep track of your progress at first, and the healthy habits will start to stick in no time at all.
Finding a fun form of exercise.
When it comes to exercise, you’re never going to stick to a physical activity if you hate it. So many people pay for gym memberships that they never use, but that’s because the gym isn’t for everyone. You need to find some way to keep your body moving on a regular basis. Cardio is important because your goal isn’t just to lose weight; your goal is to keep your heart and mind healthy too. Maybe you could start jogging around your local area for 15 minutes every day. If you’re exercising regularly then your workout routine doesn’t need to be time-consuming. It’s better to exercise little and often. Of course, you might find jogging boring. Perhaps you want a form of physical activity that feels fun and sociable; perhaps you don’t want to think about the fact that you’re exercising. You could join a sports club and make some new friends whilst playing a fun game; you won’t even think about the physical activity. See what your local leisure centre has on offer.
It’s important to ensure that you fit some form of strength training into your lifestyle too. You might not enjoy the gym, but there are other places to exercise your muscles. Your own home could be more than sufficient. You might even want to consider a pull up mate system. Being able to do pull ups, dips, and other muscle workouts from the comfort of your own home might help you stick to a consistent strength training routine without having to worry about wasting time and money on a visit to the gym every evening. More importantly, it’s easier to stick to a workout routine when you do it at home because you don’t have to feel self-conscious about getting started in front of strangers in a public space. Sticking to an exercise routine is all about making it as fun, straightforward, and relaxing as possible (obviously, you won’t be relaxing in a physical manner, but you get the point).
Working on your mental health.
One of the best ways to improve your lifestyle on a permanent basis is to improve your mental health. The mind and body are interlinked, so they rely on each other in many ways. If your physical health suffers then so does your mental health. But that works both ways. If you want to start seeing improves to your body then you need to focus on maintaining a healthy mind. For example, the best way to stop stress eating is to get to the source of the stress. Talked to friends and family about your problems rather than keeping them bottled up inside could help you to start addressing issues. You might even want to see a specialist if you’re really struggling with anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues.
Making an improvement to your lifestyle is all about taking action. It won’t happen overnight, but taking steps in the right direction will slowly start to show results. Mental health is definitely one of the biggest factors to consider because your mindset is integral to making sure that your lifestyle sticks on a long-term basis.