How many times have you started a New Year’s resolution, only to have failed miserably by week 2? That’s because faddy diets, detoxes and extreme exercise routines generally don’t work.
Instead, follow our nutritionist and exercise physiologist’s advice and create some new realistic and achievable healthy habits in 2018, which you can carry with you for the rest of your life.
Whether it’s eating better, or getting more exercise, our tips below will help you get started.
1. Set an emotional goal
By setting yourself an emotional goal, you’re 30% more likely to stick to a new healthy habit. So, really think about the reason why you want to eat healthier or get fitter.
It’s best to aim for something long-term, rather than a quick fix. For example, it could be that you want to live longer for your children, or maybe you’d like to feel more energised to help improve your productivity at work.
Write this goal down, stick it up around your house, or pop a post-it note on your screen at work to give yourself regular reminders of what it is you want to achieve.
2. Start small
Once you know what you want to achieve, you need to figure out how you’re going to do it.
It’s really important to be realistic, so don’t set the bar too high. Your long-term goal is not going to happen overnight, so set small, achievable targets to help you get there.
Maybe it could be that you’re going to try one new exercise every week, or increase the distance you run by ¼ mile each training session.
When it comes to healthier eating habits, you could start out by trying one new recipe a week, or testing out one new ingredient you’ve never had before – you’ll be amazed at how quickly your confidence and cooking repertoire grows!
Doing it this way means it’s maintainable and these little successes will help you stay on track.