Making changes to your current lifestyle can be tough at first, as we tend to be creatures of habit so initially any change may be met with a little resistance. To help you along your way here is my 4 step guide to making successful changes.
Step 1 ~ Make the decision to change.
Sounds simple doesn’t it? But the truth is until you make that conscious decision to make a change whether it be to lifestyle, diet, fitness or any area in your life, it will be difficult to commit to it unless you are completely ready to make that change. I thought by taking the opportunity to have some time out from the daily grind I had made that decision to change, in reality that was a circumstantial change, it wasn’t until 8 months later that I truly took the time re-evaluate my life and start to make some real and beneficial changes to my lifestyle and my mind set and that’s when I started to see the results I wanted.
Step 2 ~ Find the way that works for you.
We live in a world with so many options for every possible thing, and with so much information at our fingers tips it can be daunting to decide when, where and what to start and sometimes we end up doing something that we think is the right way to achieve our goals, but we don’t enjoy doing so end up giving up. Once you have decided to make that change in order to make it sustainable, make sure you commit to something you want to do and that you have time to do. For years I have dabbled with running, including a half marathon and a few 10k’s but the reality is running bores me, lately to get my cardio fix I’ve been doing HIIT sessions and I love them! Stupidly though 8 years ago I loved circuits but over the last few year’s I felt almost pressured to run because it was what everyone else was doing, resulting in me having a stop start relationship with my cardio and never really progressing…whereas now I’m addicted to burpee’s when 6 months ago I was fearful of them!
Step 3 ~ Keep it up.
Making changes is not easy, and dependant on the change the time it takes to form new habits will vary. The best advice I can give is to just keep going! If you have a set back deal with it don’t punish yourself, try and work out why it happened and think about what you can do to stop it happening again.
Step 4 – Mix it up!
I don’t know about you but whenever I’ve been using the same shampoo for a while my hair gives up on it, it wants a change and that is the same with your body. We have all been it that state of plateau, the only way to make progress is to make changes, mix up your work outs, try some new foods, walk a different way to work, do something different at the weekend. Let your mind, body and soul know you are living, it’s so easy to give up after achieving your initial goals or get stuck in a rut and go off course, by doing something different your body stops being complacent and starts working with you and for you.
And finally….ENJOY the process.