How to Stay Consistent With Healthy Habits

How to Stay Consistent With Healthy Habits (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Build Your Habits Slowly

A lot of people jump into an exercise or nutrition program with all guns blazing — then burn out within a couple of months. That’s why you see gyms fill up in January as people set New Year’s Resolutions and empty out by March as people lose their get-up-and-go.

Begin with an exercise routine that is relatively easy. (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Break Down Long-Term Goals

Setting long-term healthy lifestyle habits goals is great. However, focusing on and staying motivated to achieve a goal that is twelve months away or longer is a real challenge. That’s why setting smaller, stepping-stone goals is important to help you stay consistent.

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Self-Discipline

In order to achieve any goal, you need plenty of self-discipline. Motivation comes and goes in waves but self-discipline will allow you to stay consistent when your body and your mind want to do anything but what you know you should be doing.

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Set SMART Goals

Many people fail to achieve consistency with their healthy lifestyle habits because they do not set their goals properly. Remember, goals that are unrealistic will only set you up for failure. You will lose motivation and your will to continue will evaporate.

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Realistic
  • Time bound

Use a Decision Balance Sheet

Life is full of choices — steak or chicken, beer or wine, ice cream or yogurt, work out or watch TV? Each of these decisions offers advantages and disadvantages. The trick, of course, is to choose the option that is going to take you closer to your ultimate fitness goal and not farther away from it.

Exercise Early

The reason that many people fail to stay consistent with their workouts isn’t that they don’t want to. It’s because other things get in the way and crowd out exercising. The solution is simple: Get your workout in early in the morning before the chaos of your day kicks into high gear.

Get your workout in early in the morning (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Summary

Until you are able to develop consistency, you will never make headway with your health and fitness habits. Apply the six habits outlined above and you will be able to keep your healthy habits on track to achieve your goals.

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