Making Healthy Resolutions Stick
2016 is fast approaching and for many that means new years resolutions. At the top of the list is exercising, eating right, drinking more water or at the very least drinking, smoking and eating less. We all see it, at the start of the year Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Snapchat are flooded with gym selfies, smoothie recipes and wishful, inspiring quotes like “A healthy outside starts from the inside” ~ Robert Urich. Unfortunately for most these new healthy routines will not make it into February let alone the second week into the New Year. So what makes a healthy resolution into healthy habit?
Here are five tips to incorporating a healthy resolution into your daily lives.
Start small. “I want to eat healthy” or “I want quit smoking” are broad goals that can be difficult to attain. Start small with a specific goal. Instead of saying I want to eat healthy, start with I will drink unsweetened tea instead of soda for one month.
Think it through. Why are you making this resolution? We all know being healthy is a good thing but why do you want to be healthy. Do you want more energy; do you want to set a good example for your children? Dig deep and ask yourself what your true motivation is in making your resolution. Having a clear understanding of your goals will help you to succeed.
Have a mantra. Now that you know why you are going to take on this healthy habit, create a few quick phrases you can repeat to yourself that will help you stick to your goal. When you reach for that soda, tell yourself to make the healthy choice, set an example or another phrase that will quickly remind you of your true reason for embracing your new routine.
Track your progress It can be challenging to know how you are progressing when you have your sites set on long term goals. By writing down your daily accomplishments you now have a tangible visual of how you are progressing. Get a daily calendar, put up a sign on your refrigerator or at the office. You can even set up an online calendar. Every day mark off your progress.
Reward yourself Did you make it one week into your resolution, one month? Set up a small reward for each milestone you reach. Take that extra money that would have been spent on an indulgence and put it towards investing in your goal. Get a new mug, thermos or flavor of tea you have been eying. Treat yourself to a healthy snack. Before you know it it will be summer and you will have a new routine incorporated into your day!
What is your new years resolution? How will you be incorporating healthy habits into the New Year? How have you turned a resolution into a habit?