Sometimes, life comes at you all at once. 2019 rolls around and you suddenly want to have new hobbies, get a promotion, lose ten pounds, and call your mother more often. If you choose to look at all of this all at once, it can be overwhelming. Is it any wonder it’s so easy to let your health slide down as a priority when combined with everything else going on in your life? It’s not. And we understand! But 2019, a new year, is a great time to make your health a priority. It takes a few simple tweaks before you find yourself sliding into a lifestyle plan which leaves you healthier, happier, and more productive overall. Need the tips? We’ve got them!
The first thing you need to do is stop thinking of making your health a priority as an obligation. It’s not a chore, it’s a change! Find something which motivates you, whether it’s a picture of your favorite celebrity looking amazing in their swimwear or the thought of stepping on the scale and being happy at the number. Think of your motivation when you make a healthy dietary choice or head to the gym, rather than considering it a punishment. Print out your goals and put them on the bathroom mirror so you see them each morning, and remind yourself that one day you will be where you want to be. With enough motivation, you’ll stop seeing eating healthy and working out as something you have to do and more of something you want to do.
While making your health a priority, keep in mind it’s a marathon and not a race. People slip up, and there is absolutely no shame in it. Even if you have health at the top of your mind every day, sometimes you need to eat a cupcake and lounge on the couch. It’s actually healthy to have a little break every now and then! Our tip for slip-ups is to not worry about them – don’t beat yourself up if you eat a slice of pizza instead of a salad. The important thing is to keep your overall health in mind. If you have that cupcake, have a light breakfast the next day. Don’t waste time feeling bad and instead opt to move forward from what you perceive as a ‘mistake’. A positive outlook will have you back on track in no time!
The last thing, and potentially the most important, to make your health a priority, which we can recommend, is changing your environment. Removing all the sugary and fatty snacks from your house is a great start! Without something to munch on that you know you don’t really need, you’ll be in a much better starting position. Consider joining a gym, or a fitness club. You’ll find you make friends in the same mindset as you are, which makes it just that much easier to stay on track. Regularly visit a weight loss specialist to check in on your goals. As you see your goals coming closer and closer on a medical chart, we know you’ll find the inspiration to keep going on your health journey!