Developing healthy habits can be one of the most difficult aspects when working on improving your health and fitness. It can be a tough task revamping your lifestyle especially if you’ve become accustomed to living and eating in a detrimental manner.
Take a moment to think of certain lifestyle habits you have currently have. Some of the most popular, yet unhealthy habits that lead to weight gain are:
1) Eating potato chips (or other similar snacks) while doing leisure activities such as watching television, reading a book, or using the computer.
2) Excessive eating at main meals or when snacking.
3) Ordering fast food or pizza delivery 3-5 times per week.
4) Not drinking enough water throughout the day.
5) Not getting exercise 3-5 times per week.
6) Drinking soda, juice, energy drinks, or alcoholic beverages regularly.
Use this list to help you start reflecting on your current lifestyle habits for they should give you ideas where you can start. If you are determined to make an improvement in your health, then developing healthy habits one at a time will eventually lead you to success.
Don’t overwhelm yourself trying to fix everything you know is not healthy all at once because you will likely end up right back where you started. Focus on one particular habit you want to improve on first and devote the time and energy to really grasp a stranglehold on that process.
For instance, maybe your first order of business is to ditch the soda/sugary drinks and drink 6-8 cups of water every day. Start out first by ridding your home of all the soda, juice, energy drinks and other beverages considered unhealthy that offer too many calories and grams of sugar per serving.
Next you will need to consider what will work best for you to get your daily cups of water. Definitely a gallon of water in the refrigerator will help if yours doesn’t have a purified water dispenser. Portable bottles of water stocked at your workplace or in the trunk of your car so you always have water at hand. Also ensuring you drink a large cup of water with each meal will add to the likelihood of making this healthy habit truly become part of your life.
Once you develop this healthy habit of getting “X” number of cups of water per day, move on to the next habit you want to focus on. However remember that the water drinking habit isn’t actually a habit if you fail to drink the planned cups of water each day.
It shouldn’t be an internal struggle every day to drink what you know you should. When you no longer have to talk yourself into drinking water then it has become a healthy habit.
So which healthy habit are you going to start working on first?