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5 Ways to Change Your Habits in 24 Days

By January 29, 2015 No Comments

I have mentioned previously that I have taken time over the past two months to sit down one on one with over 115 people. I listened to their stories and helped them put together a plan that will enable them to reach all of their health and fitness goals for 2015 and beyond.

The biggest struggle I hear about from my clients is their inability to make regular exercise and healthy eating a lifestyle. Many of our clients have been through plenty of unrealistic diets and plans that can only not be maintained for a short amount of time, until willpower becomes fatigued- but what they really need is a true lifestyle change.

  • What if missing a workout was as nasty and unpleasant to you as going 3 days without brushing your teeth and eating nothing but garlic?
  • What if eating processed food more than a couple meals in a row felt as gross as not taking a shower for an entire week during the hot and humid summer?
  • What if constantly hanging around negative people was as unacceptable as watching your child get bullied in school?

There is a lot that goes into the process of creating a lasting, healthy lifestyle. A lifestyle that includes daily exercise, non-processed food, and a positive, supportive community and becomes so natural that you will do all you can to make it a part of your daily life.

Here are 5 tips to get you starting down that healthy living path:

  1. Write down 10 reasons why exercise is good for you that don’t have to do with weight loss.
  2. Find 5 things in your refrigerator or pantry that you know aren’t good for you and toss them out.
  3. Begin to visualize yourself as an athlete. Write down 5 things that an athlete does or thinks that you don’t currently do and incorporate these things into your daily life.
  4. Spend 20 minutes each day reading articles and journals related to exercise, nutrition, psychology, etc. Becoming more educated will give you the power to make better decisions. Tip: Click here to jump over to my blog where I have written over 600 blog posts for you to consume.
  5. Find 2-5 people who are fitter than you and ask if you can workout with them, or join a fitness group that includes people who are as fit as you want to become.

This is just a small list of possible ways you can start to change your habits and behaviors to make living a healthy lifestyle something you don’t give a second thought to.

I believe 2015 is going to be a great year for most of us. I also believe it could be the start of a health care trend that will mean more expenses for unhealthy and out of shape people. It already costs someone who is overweight or obese over $5,250 more each year in expenses, but with health care changes I predict it will get much higher. Investing in your health should be a no-brainer on so many levels. If you don’t join our program that is fine, but please commit to doing something for your health this year!