How to keep your health kick going
We all come into the New Year with the very best of intentions. Unfortunately, by February, our New Year’s resolutions are often becoming more difficult to stick to, and many health kicks have fallen by the wayside completely. So what can you do to ensure that you’re keeping on track and not undoing any of your hard work?
We’ve listed some of the best mechanisms to help you stick to your guns and keep the health kick going.
Write down any goals
It might seem obvious, but writing down goals can go a long way in helping you stick to what you’d like to achieve. Make sure it’s not too vague or difficult to measure, like ‘eating better’ or ‘exercising more’. Underneath your goal, list out all the reasons you made the resolution. So, if your goal is to lose 4lbs, make sure you’ve listed your reasons for doing so e.g. ‘feeling less sluggish or ‘fit into favourite jeans’. These will act as gentle reminders as to why you’ve embarked on your mission.
It’s important that you’re not completely denying yourself everything that you enjoy. If you’ve reached a certain milestone, then why not celebrate? Whether it means treating yourself to a new item of clothing or booking yourself a massage to help release any exercise-induced tension? Having these things planned in will give you something to work towards on the days when being healthy becomes harder.
If your goal is too extreme and doesn’t seem manageable, it’s much easier to get overwhelmed and give up altogether. Why not start with small goals and when you’ve mastered them, set a slightly bigger one? Being kind to yourself will go a long way in helping you to achieve your goals.
Make it public
Your health kick doesn’t have to be private: in fact, it’s be a whole lot easier to stick to if you’re not the only one who knows about it. Why not find out if any of your co-workers want to get involved with you? It’s much easier to stick to your aims if you’re all supporting each other. You could even go halves on healthy snacks for the office or have ‘gym buddy’ nights.
Don’t make your life harder
Opt out of those Domino’s text messages and delete your Just Eat app on your phone. Identify where temptation lies and eradicate as much of it as you can. If you have a fridge full of healthy treats and empty of any ice cream, you’re far less likely to go on an ice cream binge (as it involves heading out to the shop).
When you’ve gone a little off-piste, maybe by drinking more than you’d planned, or skipping exercise for a couple of weeks, don’t beat yourself up! It’s easy to think ‘right, I’ve ruined it now’ and give up entirely, but you must remember that you’re still better off that you would have been before. It doesn’t mean that all your hard work is undone.
If things begin to slip, simply keep focusing on the positive, come back to the advice above and you’ll be back on track in no time!
This article was first published on 4th February 2016.