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If you want to be healthy, it’s not enough to just start exercising and eating right. You have to make sure that these habits are sustainable for the rest of your life. This article will give you three easy ways that you can develop lasting healthy habits.
The first way is by changing up the food you eat and cooking with fresh ingredients. The second way is by finding an exercise routine that suits your needs and personality, and finally finding a support network to help motivate you and keep you accountable. All of these things will improve how long your good habits last!
Change up the food you eat and cooking with fresh ingredients
First, make your healthy habits last is by changing up the food you eat. If you usually eat fried foods, then make some soups or stews instead. If you usually have cereal for breakfast, try fresh fruit and yogurt instead. All these changes will help you make better food choices in the future, while also getting rid of some of your unhealthy eating habits.
Next, start cooking with fresh ingredients. There are a few ways you can do this, but one of the most effective is meal prepping on Sundays. By doing this, not only will you have an easy lunch for work or school during the weekdays, but you’ll also be less likely to go through the drive-thru at McDonald’s or order takeout.
Find an exercise routine that suits your needs and personality
Find something that’s fun, fits into your schedule, doesn’t leave you feeling sore afterwards, and makes you feel good about yourself afterwards!
This can be something as simple as walking around your neighborhood daily after dinner with a friend, or as intense as cardio and weight lifting at the gym. The important thing is to find an exercise routine that you’ll actually enjoy doing so that it doesn’t seem like a chore but rather something fun and enjoyable!
If running isn’t really for you but yoga or dance classes are more up your alley, then go for it! Don’t feel like you have to do something that doesn’t make you happy. The more fun and engaged in the process of working out, the easier it will be to keep up with your routine long-term.
Don’t get caught up in what other people are doing, and don’t overwhelm yourself by setting a goal to go to the gym every day. Make sure that you’re going at your own pace, and enjoying what you’re doing!
Find a support network to help motivate you and keep you accountable
Finally, finding a support network will help motivate you and keep you accountable. This ties into the first two ways of making your healthy habits last, but this is an important point that shouldn’t be ignored.
This can be anything from having a significant other to help hold each other responsible, or joining a gym with a friend so that you have someone waiting for you at the end of your workout! It doesn’t matter who it is as long as they make sure that working out becomes part of your routine.
So if you want to make sure you stick with something long-term, find a support network in the form of friends and family who will keep encouraging you, or join a gym where others can serve as informal mentors. This way you’ll be less likely to quit on your healthy habits because you have others who are expecting you to keep up with them!
You don’t have to do it alone
Bottom line: It’s hard to stick with healthy habits for the rest of your life. Most people start off on a good note, but then fall back into old habits after a few weeks or months. You know that you want to make these changes last forever, but it can be difficult if you don’t have any support.
At Individual Fitness, we educate, motivate & hold you accountable. We will be with you each and every step of the way — in the studio, at home, and on the go! We’ll educate you the right way, the IF Way, to lose weight, get fit and sustain it for a lifetime. We’ll coach you to stay on track towards your goals and be your biggest cheerleader when you need extra motivational support.