As the seasons begin to change and that beautiful fall weather approaches, there is no better time to fall into healthy habits. Here are some suggestions for developing some healthy habits this Fall.
Imagine your ideal self. The version of you that’s happy and living a full life. Now, it’s not realistic to expect to be your ideal self at all times, but you know that version of yourself exists. All you have to do is unlock it — and it starts by incorporating small healthy habits into your daily routine. Luckily, there’s no better time to start than this fall! As the season begins to change, I challenge you to join me in getting 1% healthier every day!
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What are the benefits of having a healthy routine?
It seems like everywhere you turn, someone is talking about being healthier. That’s because there are numerous benefits to living a healthier lifestyle. Besides simply reaching weight goals, there are so many other reasons to incorporate healthier habits into your routine.
- Improved mood
- Increased focus
- Decreased anxiety and depression
- Increased energy
- Reduced risks of certain diseases
How do you start healthy habits?
If you could get just 1% better at something every day, within a year, you would have gotten 365% better. How amazing is that? Nearly every habit you have — good or bad — is the result of lots of small decisions over time. But, it’s so easy to overestimate the importance of one defining moment and underestimate the value of day-to-day making better choices.
Whether it’s losing weight, running a marathon, or simply staying healthy enough to see your children become adults, it’s easy to lose sight of those daily habits when you’re chasing the big picture. That’s why, before we begin this challenge, it’s important to understand that changing your habits won’t come easy.
In the past, I have been so eager to achieve my goals RIGHT AWAY that I expected immediate results… and when they didn’t come, I felt like giving up. That’s when I needed my support team — my family and friends — the most. They helped me realize what went wrong and what I could do better. And, they motivated me to keep going.
Now, I’m here to be that support system for you! I’ve compiled a list of five strategies you can implement to live a healthy lifestyle every day… getting 1% better, healthier, and closer to your ideal self.
5 ways to be healthier this fall
These simple tips will help you adopt habits to become a healthier you:
1. Set goals and behaviors
My goals guide my decision-making each day. Writing down these goals helps me to track my progress. Once my goals are set, I can lay out the behaviors needed to reach my goals. I start by asking myself the following questions:
- How can I make this behavior obvious to do?
- How can I make this behavior attractive to do?
- How can I make this behavior easy to do?
- How can I make this behavior satisfying to do?
When I can make behaviors obvious, attractive, easy, and satisfying, they become so much more rewarding to accomplish. I actually want to do that habit!
2. Set a workout time & stick to it
Let people know your workout is your time. It’s non-negotiable. Just how my family has our Closed for Business days, where everyone knows we’re not leaving the house or accepting guests, my exercise time is just as important. I schedule in my NordicTrack bike time before work, and if someone needs me, they have to plan around it just as if it were an early morning business meeting. And it is a meeting of sorts. A meeting with myself…my better self!
3. Add a new habit instead of breaking one
This strategy is perfect when it comes to bettering our nutrition. By adding new habits instead of trying to break them, I never feel restricted or deprived of any of my favorite foods. I try adding new veggies into my meals, cooking more meals at home, and adding additional glasses of water in between meals. These additional habits have helped me to lose weight too!
4. Try something new
Whether it’s your workout routine or your meals, it’s a good idea to try something new. Join a group fitness class, meet a friend at their favorite new restaurant, or even try a new outdoor activity with your family.
5. Celebrate the little things
My husband calls me the Celebration Queen. I’m always finding something to celebrate. I celebrate pretty much accomplishment, big or small. I celebrate things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator or going an entire week without eating cake or pie. You should try it too! It really helps. Look in the mirror and tell yourself you’re awesome every time you forgo the office doughnuts and opt for your healthy lunch wrap instead! Every time you accomplish a feat or stick to a new habit, find a way to self-affirm.
Following these five simple steps will help you to develop healthier habits. Just take it one day at a time, and by the end of fall, you will feel like a whole new person — a healthier, fitter, more confident person. These habits have been so helpful for me in losing weight, improving my overall mental state, and creating a better lifestyle for me!