People think that I struggle to get my workouts in daily and suffer to eat healthy… but the truth is I don’t. In fact, being consistent with my workouts and eating habits is SO EASY for me to do – because it has become a lifestyle.
If you’d like to make fitness and healthy living become a lifestyle, then read on as I share 4 STEPS you can take right now and be that whole new person that’s hidden inside you.
When Healthy Living Becomes A Lifestyle
When something becomes a part of your lifestyle, then you no longer need to ‘force’ yourself to do it. It’s just like brushing your teeth… no one needs to force you to do it – you just do it out of routine because you know you need to. And if you don’t brush your teeth for a day… things wouldn’t feel right, and you’d feel (and taste!) weird all morning.
Now imagine feeling ‘not right’ and all weird if you didn’t get to workout or eat healthy for a day – now THAT is what we should all work to achieve.
Often when I work with people and even at my talks to organizations, I have discovered that making exercise and healthy eating a lifestyle is probably the most challenging task of all. But today I want to tell you that although it could be the most challenging, it is probably the most rewarding as well – hence why we all must put in the effort to do it.
Just because it is challenging, doesn’t mean we don’t work towards it.
My 4-step Process to a Fit, Healthy, and Happy Life
1. Make small changes
One less teaspoon of sugar, or a 10-minute walk, or take the stairs to your office instead of the elevator – there are tonnes of little steps you can take. The key here is consistency. Do something small, and keep doing it often. Remember that every decision you make either brings you closer to your goals or further away from it – so what will you choose?
2. Get a ‘mentor’/fitness friend
A mentor can be anyone who is more successful than you in the area of exercise and better nutrition. It could be a colleague, your friend, or even family. It could even be someone you hardly know but always see at the gym. They don’t need to be a certified fitness professional to help you get started. As long as you have something to learn from them (e.g. they’re very consistent with their workouts but you are not), then you can seek their help. All you need to do is ask them to share some tips with you, and I’m pretty certain if you go up to them and ask them for some guidance – you won’t be turned away.
3. Share your goals with a friend or loved one
Don’t do life alone – find someone who will walk this journey with you. Also, I don’t mean posting it up as your status update on Facebook because FB can sometimes be full of negative people who will discourage and put you down when you need your strength the most. In fact, if you stopped spending all that time on Facebook, you’ll probably have enough time to workout and cook your own meals even, but that’s a whole different blog post altogether.
4. Take Action
Don’t just read this blog post and nod with agreement… but actualy decide and do it. That alone makes all the difference.
I promise, that if you put in the time required to strengthen and train your body (even if it’s just 30-min workouts, 3x/a week), and eat healthy 90% of the time – and if you can successfully MAINTAIN that for a couple of weeks – you are then already on your way to a better lifestyle.
I’m not saying this journey is going to be easy – but once you get it, you will get it for life, and the benefits of that is just huge, and could potentially save you from emptying your life savings to pay for medical treatment when you’re older.
This is the beginning of the rest of your FIT, HEALTHY and HAPPY life.
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