The foundation of every successful health program is making permanent changes in your lifestyles and habits. We all know changes can sometimes be hard to make and stick with, especially when it comes to altering working out and eating right. Consider following these six strategies to help maintain a successful healthy lifestyle:
1. Make a commitment: Stay focused, commit to yourself that you will keep striving for your goal. It takes a lot of mental and physical energy to change your habits.
2. Find your inner motivation: What’s going to give you the burning drive to stick to your plan? Make a list of what is important to you to help stay motivated and focused. Maybe it is your spouse or your children that give you the motivation to reach your goals.
3. Set realistic goals: Make sure that your goals are SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-limited. When your goals are realistic, you will be able to meet them. Once you reach your first goal, set another goal, but this time make it more challenging.
4. Enjoy healthier foods: Get started by eating a healthy breakfast every day. Healthy food tastes good , and once you make it a part of your daily diet you will start to feel better, have more energy, and be less likely to get sick.
5. Get active, stay active: The key to weight loss is simple, burn more calories than you take in. 3,500 calories equals one pound of fat, so you need to burn 3,500 calories more than you take in to lose one pound. So, if you cut 500 calories from your typical diet each day, you’d lose about a pound a week (500 calories x 7 days = 3,500 calories). Cutting out 500 calories daily is easy, instead of eating two donuts for breakfast, have a banana. Burning 500 calories through exercise is easy and take take as little as 30 minutes. When you decide on an exercise plan, chose activities that you enjoy, that way it will be easier to find the motivation to do it.
6. Change your perspective: If you want long-term success, it is not enough to eat healthy foods and exercise for only a few weeks or even months. Healthy habits must become a way of life. Lifestyle changes start with taking an honest look at your daily routine. You have to move beyond simply recognizing your challenges – you have to plan for how you will deal with them.