At some point in life or maybe a day before, you might have made a resolution to change your life.
That is really good as you have taken the very first step to change your habits –‘the most challenging thing in the world.’
You might have told some of your friends about your resolution and about to post it on your Facebook and Instagram account. Maybe, this is your second resolution of the year, and you are about to start again or may be right now. But, before you go further, and get in shape, Healthshala is here to help you out!
If you have been trying hard to change your monotonous habits, you’ve come to the right place. Our experts make full efforts to sort out your problems so that you can live a healthy life with healthy habits.
In fact, we are all aware of what we have to do to change our habits. However, we cannot get ourselves to make that change happen.
We know if we work more and eat less, we can get in shape.
We know if we get our heart rate up, do some workout, we will get stronger.
We know if we eat more vegetables and less sugar, we’ll be healthy. Isn’t it?
But, still, we couldn’t stick to all these facts for a longer period.
It is all because our lazy brain (in fact, it is not lazy!!!) wants instant results! We don’t recognize how new habits are built, so, we end up following the same old and monotonous routine again.
Moreover, we rely on others for the motivation.
If you are the one who has never done any workout in your entire life and have never eaten a healthy diet in your life regularly, it might be tough for you to adapt a new habit in the beginning.
Have you ever tried to follow someone to change your bad habit? But, when you actually do it yourself, it is totally a different story!
You might be able to follow the ‘so-called’ routine for a while, but in the end, you will end up losing interest in it or lacks motivation.
Do you know that sticking to a particular habit doesn’t have to be boring and dull?
In fact, it can be a rather easy and fun thing to do!
Fortunately, Healthshala has a tactic to cut through the noise and make a plan that actually works.
Here are a few techniques to make those healthy habits stick forever:
Also, read: How to Lose Fat and not Muscle
Know the Power of Starting Small
Your brain has so much potential that it can do anything. But, it is your brain that wants quick results. Most of the people out there, want instant results out of what they are currently doing.
They don’t even realize that good things take time.
On the other hand, you have taken a marvelous step to change your habit. People want to go from zero to the top in a jiffy. However, they need to learn to be patient first! Though hardly did any workout for even 5 minutes in the past, still they want to do everything on the spot.
This mentality will kick your ass hard!
So, what you need to do is to have a ‘lot of willpower,’ and don’t expect instant results. In fact, you will get tired and bored sometimes, but you need to stick to it consistently to change particular a habit.
What can you do to solve this issue?
Of course, you have and have to start small!!!
- Start with five to ten pushups a day instead of fifty
- Try adding veggies to your diet instead of entirely leaving your current food
- Go to the gym two to three times a week initially, instead of five or six
NOTE: Try not to focus on the efforts initially; instead, focus on creating the actual habit behaviors first.
Try Not To Break the Line
Have you ever invested your hard-earned money to stocks or mutual funds? If yes, then you know how hard it is to let go of your money from your hands.
You never want to lose your project from your hands because you have invested your time, efforts, and money in it.
Then, why would you do the same when you work out or go to the gym? Does it hurt you? Of course, it should, if you have left your routine in between.
We have one strategy that will work wonders!!!
All you have to do is not to break the chain or line!
Wait; let us explain it easily!
Get a calendar and mark BIG “X” on the “dates” every day after completing your task. By doing this, you will have a line or chain of BIG “X” after a few days. And, when you feel like not doing your workout, you will have that calendar in front of you and the “inner you” will push you to work out in order to maintain the chain of BIG “X.”
You can use this strategy as it is used by great people. All you have to do is to bring a calendar to your home.
Hurry up; a new and healthy habit is waiting to inculcate within you!!!
NOTE: You can also make use of a calendar that has things related to your new habits in it to keep you going.
Focus on the long term rather than short term
Would you consider having a big muscle by eating artificial food or by eating raw and natural food?
Most of you would say, ‘raw and natural food.’ But, do you know that it takes a longer time to build muscle with natural and quality food?
You know the stats, and you know the facts, then why considering a short term goal to stick to any habit. Of course, it is going to take time, and you have to and have to stick to it for a longer period.
In fact, short-term goals are only to help you start your routine, but eventually, they are not helpful in the long run.
Want to make a new and healthy habit? Starting a new habit, doing it for a few weeks and quitting it aren’t going to pay off.
In the beginning, you can start with the things you are comfortable doing it. Don’t just start by doing fifty pushups the very first day. Don’t expect instant results as you are never going to stick to it.
If you are aware of the fact that good things take time, you will absolutely make it till the end.
NOTE: Know the importance of long-term goals. Have some patience and stick to it till you make it. Moreover, make sure you are enjoying the process!!!
Be Honest About Why You Want To Change Your Habit
As you are on the way to improve your ‘bad’ habits, but wait!!! Have you asked yourself why you want to do it?
Do you know your ‘WHY?’
Before you go further, make sure you are asking yourself; otherwise you won’t be able to stick to it for longer.
Don’t have a valid reason? You are screwed!!!
You won’t be able to stick to it for a longer period if you don’t have a big “WHY.”
If you are going to the gym just because your friend is going, once you get busy with something else, you will surely make an excuse.
If you are working out five days a week in the beginning only because someone has told you the same, you will not be able to make it till the end.
Try to give your new habits a BIG WHY. It should be your priority!!!
You are not going to the gym just because your friend is going; you want to get in shape so that you can open your t-shirt on the beach.
You are not working out because somebody has told you to do so, you want to look more confident in public.
You are not eating good food because your school has told you to do so; you are enjoying having vegetables regularly because you know how the vegetables are going to help you in the long run.
Never do anything that you are not enjoying at all. It means you are pushing yourself in the wrong direction. When you are doing for some cause, you are likely to get positive results in the end.
NOTE: Take a pen and paper and jot down your biggest THREE WHY’s. When you are done with it, hang it on the wall where it is visible.
Got your BIG WHY’s? That is GREAT; you are on the right track!!!
Ready to Build New Healthy Habit? Start Small!
Now you are aware of everything and must be feeling confident, it is time to start, but ‘small.’
If you have you decided to wake up early in the morning or you to run a marathon to change the world, follow this bit of advice before you go further:
You want to get a positive feeling of what you are doing. Right? Pick one habit and start small in the beginning, especially.
For example, you’ve decided to get in shape. You are trying to do fifty pushups the very first day. And, if you are unable to do it, you will not feel good. Right?
So, do something that you can complete it efficiently so that the end of the day you can pat your back that you did it.
Be precise, start small, and track your activities:
Want to get in shape? That’s great! Start by walking for five minutes for the first week and then gradually increase your capacity to 10 minutes.
Want to cook good food? That’s amazing! Start by cooking once or twice a week. Once you get used to it, you can increase your capacity to three to four times a week.
Want to drink three liters of water a day? Try not to drink three liters of water on the very first day. Start by drinking one liter of water for the first week, and then you can go up to two or three.
Want to gain confidence? Stand in front of the mirror and smile at yourself. Start speaking to yourself for 5 to 10 minutes a day for one week. After one week, you can talk to yourself even for a longer period.
Compare Yourself With The Old You, And Not Others:
As you are aware of the fact that you should start small in order to maintain any habit in the long run, and right now, you might be feeling like a boss.
As you are doing right at present, but are you comparing yourself with others? If yes, then you need to read it.
Comparing yourself with the old, you will help you stay positive and stick to a new habit for a longer period.
Try not to compare yourself with others!
Everybody has a different capacity, and you should know this fact. You might be able to do 10 pushups at once, and your friend might do 15. It doesn’t mean you have to do the same.
Move slowly to your goal by tracking your regular habits.
Never Build More Than One Habit At A Time:
Now you have decided to change your bad habits, and you are ready to put your efforts to make it till the end.
Are you trying to change more than one habit at a time? Please stop right away!!!
Focus on changing the one habit at a time. By doing it, you are not putting too much effort in changing it, and moreover, it will take less time.
Don’t Just Wait, Start Today!
As it is said, “never put off till tomorrow what you can do today,” so try to start today, because you can change everything today, not tomorrow!
In the beginning, it will be hard. Once you are aware of your WHY and you are starting small, you will soon get used to it.
Now, all you have to do is jot down your BIG THREE WHY’s and start small.
When you are done with it, make sure you are commenting below in the comment section. Let me know your BIG THREE whys and the output you have got!!!!
Well done, I know you can do it!!!