How to create healthy habits and stick to them*

Thursday, 28 February 2019, By Joe Sprange

If you're struggling to ditch unhealthy behaviours and create new ones, you certainly wouldn't be alone.

Don't feel guilty, many of us struggle with the exact same problem. It's common to search for a quick fix in a miracle product, pill or a crash diet.

But that isn't going to be long-term sustainable. What works is building healthy habits and leaving those unhealthy ones in the dust. Here's what you can try today.

Have an achievable goal in mind

Think about what you want to achieve.

Is your goal to run 10km at an upcoming charity event? Or do you want to get back into the healthy weight range? Whatever it is, put it on paper, on your wall, in your phone. Make sure you're clear on what you want to do. Having that central goal will help keep you motivated when things get tough!

Think about what's holding you back

Are there certain behaviours that trigger your unhealthy habits?

For example, you may find that at night after dinner you crave chocolate or a glass of wine. Think about how you could change that behaviour into something healthier. Instead of reaching for the chocolate, you could pick a more nutritious snack, like frozen fruit or a high-protein yoghurt.

You could also start a new post-dinner routine by getting your body moving. Whether it's stretching or going for a walk, make the change and practice it every day until it becomes a habit.

Plan it out

If you haven't heard of the 5Ps, you have now.Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance.

To kick off new healthy habits you need to plan, plan, plan. That means thinking ahead about your meals and setting out when and where you're going to exercise.

Planning at the start will help you develop a routine. Which is where healthy habits are born.

Write a shopping list and stick to it

The supermarket is where many of us flock to get our weekly groceries. If you're wanting to build healthy habits, food shopping is a crucial component.

Write a shopping list and stick to it. You'll be less inclined to impulse buy and get sucked in by sales.

Keep yourself accountable

It seems obvious, but you should surround yourself with people who will support you.

Your personal trainer will be there to guide you as you ditch those old behaviours for new ones.

But it's useful to have others who will keep you accountable. Maybe it's a friend you can cook and exercise with. Maybe it's a family member who can send you regular messages to help you stay on track.

Find the people who want to be in your corner!

 

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