We’re halfway through the month of January and I bet some are you are starting to wonder whether your New Year’s resolution of trying to stay healthy is working–or even worth pursuing.
Being healthy isn’t a one time thing and it needs consistency. You can’t be healthy by eating a salad once a month or doing a morning jog once or twice a month. However, every little effort always counts and you have to appreciate that little effort that you’ve done in order to stay motivated.
If you feel like you’re waning and losing motivation, here are 3 things that you can do in order to get rid of the negative feeling of giving up.
Focus On The Feeling
If you’ve been doing this for a couple of days already, or maybe weeks, ask yourself about the benefits that you’ve been feeling as early as now. If you’re trying to eat healthily and trying to fit exercise in your daily routine as a goal this month, don’t fret about the lack of drastic results.
Okay, so maybe you still haven’t reached your ideal weight because it’s still too early for that, but I’m sure that you’ve seen and felt the results of your hard work as early as now. Working out and eating healthy makes you feel more energetic, productive and possibly in a better mood in just a couple of days. Focus on that feeling! Always remember that your hard work will always reap results. Just keep going, you’ll get there.
Remind yourself that weight loss is a very long process and you need about 3-4 months of consistent healthy habits in order to show drastic results. I find it better to create more specific goals about weight loss in order to refrain from getting discouraged after a month or so. Start from small habit changes before you shift to bigger ones, don’t go giving yourself unrealistic goals
Another thing is to focus on the distant ailments that you can prevent in the future, such as cancer and diabetes. Again, being healthy doesn’t just happen in a day or two. It’s a process that develops over time when done with consistency.
Work On Fitting The Healthy Lifestyle In Your Life
Let’s say you’ve committed to doing the 30 minutes workout every other day. But you still struggle to fit those 30 minutes and you still feel like you can do something that’s way more productive than that morning jog. If that’s the case, then you need to fix your schedule and really work on fitting those 30 minutes into your daily life without giving yourself an excuse to prioritize something else.
Maybe the morning jog isn’t the best time of the day that you should be working out? Ask yourself if you want to switch the time, like after work or even at night. All you have to do is that within those 30 minutes, your schedule is only meant for the workout.
Another thing to consider is if the yoga class that you’re attending is an hour away and you dread the travel time, you might want to consider looking for a yoga class that’s near you or maybe find an alternative way to do your exercise. In order to achieve consistency, you need your healthy habits to be sustainable. Being healthy shouldn’t be a daunting task.
Mind Over Matter
If you’re not used to healthy habits, you will find tons of excuses to tell yourself in order to skip working out or eating healthy. It’s all in the mind though! Don’t let those bad inner voices talk you out of this healthy lifestyle. Always look at the brighter side and urge yourself to stay motivated. Remind yourself that this is for the better and you’re extending your lifespan when you’re healthy.
Being healthy is an investment– the best form of investment anyone can have. So, don’t give up on doing your healthy habits! Keep going!