Setting yourself a new fitness or diet regime this month?
Healthy habits tends take about three weeks to form, so trying to resist temptations and distractions isn’t always easy. That’s why it’s super important to stay positive and focused. To help you do this and smash your personal goals, we’ve put together some essential healthy tips.
Instead of tackling your new health regime as a whole, you should try to break it up into manageable sections. For instance, if you’re planning to lose a stone before beach body season, set yourself weekly or monthly targets to give yourself something realistic to work towards.
The key is to write your goal down on paper to make it feel real, make sure you can measure progress in some shape or form and split it into time periods so the end objective doesn’t seem so daunting. Then, if you achieve your sub-goal, don’t forget to reward yourself with something non-goal conflicting that makes you happy to help keep you motivated.
Take it one step at a time
One of the most common mistakes people make when addressing their health habits is to overwhelm themselves with multiple changes. If there’s more than one thing you’d like to tweak, don’t feel as if you have to solve them all at once. In fact, trying to do so usually ends in a bad way.
Start with one goal and go from there. You’ll probably find that this will act as a catalyst to easily solve the rest.
Cycle to places that inspire you
Whether you’re planning to cut down on chocolate or simply make a few adjustments to your lifestyle, doing exercise can help you achieve health goals much quicker.
Not only will your body benefit, but your mind will feel active and more inclined to make positive lifestyle decisions.
As a starting point, cycling should be one of your biggest priorities. It’s an activity that can be enjoyed with friends, family, or on your own. While cycling to work is a wonderful way of clocking up some miles, it isn’t always possible if you work in a remote location.
If this applies to you, try taking your bike out on the weekend and cycle to somewhere that inspires you. From beautiful landscapes to a loved one’s house, identifying destinations that really mean a lot to you will remove the ‘chore’ of doing exercise. If you need some inspiration on where to ride, take a look at our guide to the UK’s best cycle routes for all levels.
Get lost in a podcast
If you need to distract yourself from temptation or get yourself through a hard workout, music can become a bit monotonous after a while. Listening to a good podcast will enable you to focus on the words and make time go a little bit faster.
Track your progress
Monitoring your workout regimes is arguably one of our most important health tips. It’ll give you the confidence and drive to push on to your next sub-goal by providing you with quantifiable results. We highly recommend the Nuband I Touch Fitness Tracker, which allows you to track steps, distances, calories and make calls too.
What are your best health tips for 2019 success? Let us know in the comments below.