Contrary to popular belief, it actually takes a lot longer to form a habit than just three weeks. On average, something only becomes automatic about two months after you have made it a part of your daily routine. While most people would like to look a certain way, they only really get motivated to do so when there is an impending due date. It could be a friend’s wedding or swimsuit season approaching. Then all of a sudden fitness becomes a top priority. If you really want to be fit and healthy, however, you can’t just make an effort once every six months. Instead, you need to include certain behaviors and routines in your everyday life to experience fulfilling and permanent results. So, how would you go about doing this? Well here are the habits that you need to form:
Find Your Motivation
Fitting into an outfit or impressing someone is not motivation enough. Sure, it will suffice for a while but once you have achieved your goal you will just be tempted to fall back into old patterns. You need to think of getting fit in terms of health and feeling good. Not only will this help you feel motivated for longer, you are also going to be able to stick with the changes you are making. Don’t think of your journey as “I need to lose weight”. Instead, focus on “I need to get healthy; I need to be stronger”. If you are in a slump or finding it difficult to discover your inspiration, try reading up on daily habits that help you fight mediocrity.
Construct Achievable Plans
Everyone is under the impression that being fit is an unpleasant process. It requires effort and dedication but it really isn’t awful. What you need to start doing is to make it easier for yourself to be fit. Make sure to stock your fridge and pantry with healthy foods. Cook and freeze healthy meals over the weekend so that you have something to eat during the week. On a similar note, avoid crash diets and give yourself permission to have a treat every now and then. By indulging in a piece of chocolate every now and then, you will not feel as though you are depriving yourself.
Make Exercise a Daily Goal
Trying to achieve a work-life balance is hard enough without adding exercise to the mix. If you keep crazy hours, it can be difficult to make sure that you get a daily workout. Therefore, adjust your schedule accordingly. If you are too tired to hit the gym on a day when you typically workout, try this trick instead. Exercise for just fifteen minutes. Step on a treadmill, do squats or even run up and down your hallway if you have to. Just make sure that you get that short workout in every day, regardless of how tired you are.
Surround Yourself with Like minded People
If your friends love indulging in junk food and lazing on the couch, it is quite likely that you are going to start following suit. Even if you have the best of intentions regarding your health, there is a good chance that you will cave and join them. This is why it’s important to create a social circle that is filled with people who have similar goals as you do. This will serve as both, encouragement, as well as support. Not to mention working out and eating healthy is a lot easier to do when you’ve got your friends with you.
These are some of the habits that you need to start incorporating into your daily routine. It may take some time for them to become ingrained in you but it will happen eventually.