Every year when the warm weathers comes around, I try to make more healthy changes to my routine. If you are looking to start focusing on your health, it can be hard to know where and how to start. Whether you want to change your eating habits, get more active or even lose weight, there is nothing wrong with starting slow and making sure these habits stick! Here are a few of my favorite tips to prepare for a healthy lifestyle change.
Creating a plan ahead of time will help you stick to the new changes! If you are wanting to start working out a few times a week, plan those workouts ahead of time. Put them into your weekly calendar and make a date with yourself to get there. When you first start, treat them as meetings! Meetings with yourself are just as important as work meetings. If you want to start meditating or writing every morning, create the same plan! Write down how long you want to do it for and find a time in your day that works. Stick to that schedule. It may be hard at first but once a week or so goes by, it will seem like it is just part of your day now.
If you are trying to change your eating habits, having a plan in place is important as well. If you need to meal prep your meals ahead of time to create healthy habits, go for it! Meal prepping ahead of time is great for those days you don’t feel like cooking. Those are the days that I find myself giving into temptations the most.
Whether you want to schedule workouts into your weekly schedule or meal plan all of your meals, find something that works for you! It’s so easy to skip workouts or give into temptations when it comes to food. Having easy meals readily available for you makes the process so much easier!
One easy way to make a healthy lifestyle change is to drink lots of water. Our bodies love water and most of us don’t get enough on the daily. It’s definitely one thing that I struggle with all the time. Your body is so dependent on water so making sure you are properly hydrated is so essential. You may find that some days you feel extra hungry but it could be that you are thirsty! Our bodies send the same signal to our brain when we need more water but a lot of us reach for snacks instead of water.
When you are trying to get healthy, it can be so hard to go at it alone. It feels like a battle that you are constantly trying at. Sometimes, these big changes are easier if you have someone to help you through it. See if your best friend or your partner will go on this healthy lifestyle change with you! It’s easier to stay motivated when you know that someone is counting on you. You can even cook meals together and workout together to help make the process a bit more fun.
Making a lifestyle change doesn’t have to be a huge process. Go at your own pace! If you mess up one day, try not to stress out about it. You are building healthy routines so it will take a bit of time to get everything to be part of your daily routine.