The Right Way To Start A Healthy Lifestyle
If you’re recently decided to take on a new healthy fitness plan and diet, then you’re probably to try and cope with the new changes. Most people don’t make it very far with a healthy lifestyle. They survive for around 2 to 3 weeks before slumping back into their old ways. It’s discouraging, makes people sad and ultimately makes it very difficult for anyone to try and get fit. But don’t worry—everyone experiences it now and then.
No matter what bad habit you try to quit, it’s difficult to take that leap of faith and trust yourself. It’s also hard when people around you aren’t helping. For instance, if you promised yourself you’d quit smoking, then it’s probably extremely hard to keep to that promise if people around you are smoking as well.
Switching to a healthy lifestyle is stressful, so do it in bite-sized steps
A healthy style is probably alien to you. Not smoking, not eating junk food and so on can be difficult to cope with if that’s what you have been doing for such a long time. This is why you should always take your new healthy lifestyle in bite-sized chunks instead of trying to switch all at once.
For instance, if you say to yourself that you’re going to cut down on unhealthy snacks, then don’t go straight from drinking soda to drinking water. Make it easy on yourself by drinking sugar-free drinks, carbonated water or even diet versions of soda before gradually making the switch.
It’s important to remember that breaking from bad habits and living a healthy lifestyle has to be done gradually so you can sustain those changes, not all at once.
Dealing with the pain of a healthy lifestyle
No matter how hard you work yourself at the gym or how much you push yourself to climb stairs, if you’re feeling pain, discomfort and generally annoyed, then you aren’t going to get very far. Pain is sometimes a good thing. For instance, if you’re experiencing some pain while you work out, then it’s normal because your muscles are trying to get used to the new experience.
The pain is a sign that your muscles are repairing itself, so it’s actually a good thing if you feel sore and tired. However, sessions at Hat City Physical Therapy or speaking to a personal trainer can help you ease the pain to make it more bearable after a long period of working out. Make sure you look after your body and don’t push yourself to reach your goals.
Learning to cope with your new lifestyle
One of the best forms of motivation is when someone comments on your new lifestyle in a positive way. Someone telling you that you’ve lost weight or that they notice you smoke less is a fantastic motivational boost. Dealing with the initial stress of a healthy lifestyle can be incredibly difficult, but as long as you break it down into bite-sized chunks and find ways to deal with the pain and discomfort of switching over, you can easily stick to those healthy habits.