Factors That Help People Stick to New Healthy Habits
During the month of January, we focus on setting resolutions for a healthy new year. Yet many who embark on health changing resolutions struggle to stick with their new habit. Here are some factors you can use to stick to your resolutions all year long.
The best type of physical activity is the one you’ll keep doing. Try different types and combinations until you find something you enjoy. You should also feel comfortable exploring different types of physical activity if you get bored with something. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous aerobic physical activity each week, along with at least two days of muscle-strengthening activity for health benefits. The USDA recommends that half your plate be fruits and veggies. The best version of healthy eating includes the healthy foods you like. Try different types of fruits and veggies, and explore new healthy recipes.
It is often easier to stick with something when your social and family network is supportive. Invite friends and family to join you in your resolution or join a class. Let people know that you are trying to eat healthier or be more active so they can support you. You can still have fun and be social when you are trying to eat healthier and move more.
Along with support, accountability can also be a motivating factor for many. Establish accountability by working out with a friend, or a coach. Sharing your journey online can also build accountability. For instance, post on social mead about going to the gym or a new health recipe you tried.
Make it Your Daily Routine
Lack of time should not be a barrier to being healthy. Schedule weekly workouts on your calendar or break them up into smaller chucks so you can fit them in. Plan out your meals each week, try doing a little meal prep on Sunday to make it easier to cook during the week.
Think of your resolutions as a lifestyle change and not just something that you are going to do for a short time. Pretty soon it won’t feel like work at all to keep your resolutions for 2018!