Maintaining healthy habits long term

When it comes to making changes for the better, sometimes the hardest part is learning how to maintain them long term and integrate them into our lifestyle as habits and rituals that we do no matter what.

Below I’ve provided some of my top tips to help you to create a healthier and more balanced lifestyle that lasts.

Consistency

Consistency is key! With nutrition, with exercise and with general wellness. Committing to three classes a week and attending all of them every week is going to be much more beneficial long term than committing to five and only getting to one or two, one week and four the next, then none the week after. Make your exercise commitments and stick to them week in and week out.

Balanced meals

 Learn to love colour in your food, eat veggies and limit the naughties. Refer to an earlier blog on the food groups and what you should be eating daily to see what a balanced day of eating may look like for you and plan out a few days of eating to see what you could improve on.

Drink your water

Hydration is so important! Our bodies cannot function without water, so make sure you’re drinking enough to stay hydrated (e.g. 8 cups a day) whilst also replacing what you lose as sweat during exercise.

Don’t restrict yourself

While its good to limit things like processed foods and alcohol, we need to remember that cutting out all of those things may restrict our social lives and have an impact on our mental health. My rule is that every now and then it’s okay to feed your soul what you want. So a platter of delicious cheese and a beer or wine with your friends will not impact your health goals long term, it will allow you to have fun, enjoy yourself and you’ll be more inclined to stick to your healthier options the next day.

Don’t sweat the small stuff

We live in a very fast paced and high stress society and one of the things that people forget impacts our physical health is stress! Choosing what is and isn’t worth stressing over can be a life saver!  Stress over things you can control, and let go of things you have no influence over.

Get plenty of sleep

This one speaks for itself. Consistently getting enough sleep every night will do wonders for not only your liveliness during the day but also digestion, muscle recovery and will positively impact your mood!

Set Goals

Goals are so important! Without setting goals we have no clue what we’re working towards. It’s the beginning of a new year so it’s the perfect time to sit down and reflect on last year and set some clear goals on some things you’d like to achieve this year. After you’ve set your long term goals we break it down into smaller milestones that we can tick of along the way. So if your goal is to run 10km, we can break it into smaller distances. Ultimately, running a few times every week and constantly pushing yourself is what will get you there, you can’t just wake up one morning and run 10km. It takes time and perseverance to achieve long term goals.

I hope these tips help you to create an overall healthier lifestyle for yourself.

If you have an questions or just want to chat feel free to talk to me anytime.

See you around The Studio!

Chloe