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The first step to establishing healthy habits is to think about your current diet, exercise routine, and level of self care. Next, ask yourself what you want to keep doing and what you want to change about your habits. Then, identify which area(s) are most important to you to focus on.
Once you have identified your area(s) of focus, create a tangible and realistic goal for yourself with a time line for completion. For example, if I am most wanting to improve upon my level of exercise, I would commit to a specific goal such as: I will work out for 20 minutes, three times a week.
You can make your goal as defined or flexible as you would like. Keep in mind that more defined goals tend to increase success rate. Tip: include who / what / where / when in your goal. Example: I will do yoga on Mondays, spin on Wednesdays and weight lifting on Fridays from 7-7:20am with Dylan in our home workout space. Write your goal down to make it more tangible.
If you are wanting to start eating healthier, think about this change as a lifestyle change, not a "diet".
A diet is restrictive in nature and can lead to psychological cravings for sweets and other typically restricted foods. On the other hand, a lifestyle change opens up new foods and methods for nourishing your body.
At first, changing what you eat can be difficult. But after some time and effort, you will grow to love foods that make you feel good.
Remember to let yourself occasionally indulge in your favorite foods after making your lifestyle change. Instead of thinking of these foods as "cheat foods", enjoy them guilt free knowing the progress you have made so far.
Eating healthy does not have to be a chore. Here are some ways to have fun and get creative while cooking healthy meals.
Block out time in your schedule for exercise. Consistency is incredibly important when it comes to exercise, so try your best to stay with the schedule you establish for yourself.
The amount of time you spend exercising each week is up to you and your fitness goal. Make sure to do what is best for your body and rest when you need to.
Alternating types of exercise is also important to establishing a holistic fitness routine. For example, it is important to alternate between cardio and strength training workouts will help you to build and maintain lean muscle (if that is your goal).
Click on the button below to identify whether cardio, strength training, or a combination of the two is the best for you.
Staying active is particularly hard to do during a pandemic! While gyms remain closed in much of the United States, you can still remain active by creating a workout space in your home or being active outdoors.
One simple way that will help you to stay active is to walk or bike to the store, coffee shop, or businesses you frequent near your residence. Not only will this help you to stay active, it will also help you to save gas money and reduces fuel emissions.
Encourage your friends and family to stay active with you. Make getting outside a daily routine, whether that be for a walk, run or bike ride.
Another reason to stay active is to support your mental health. Exercise can be very helpful in relieving stress and tension.
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health, and should be treated as such.
Check in with yourself frequently and address your feelings. Remember that you are not alone—the isolation brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the mental health of many, if not most, people.
One simple way to start prioritizing your mental health is to set aside time for yourself throughout the week. Use this time to relax away from distractions and responsibilities.