How to Stick to Health and Fitness Routines No Matter the Season
For some people, it is easier to work out during certain times of the year than others because of the weather, busy work seasons, busy home lives, or just life in general. But, if you want to be more consistent with your health and fitness routines and stay on track to reach your goals no matter the season, you’ll need to make a more concerted effort to adopt healthy habits throughout the year. Our tips will help you make a year-round healthy lifestyle a reality.
1. Change Your Mindset
One of the first steps you need to take to stick to health and fitness routines no matter the season is to change the way you think about health and fitness. Rather than starting a diet or starting a workout routine, think about your routines as a lifestyle change. Fads come and go, but real health and fitness routines need to become part of your daily life. Willpower and motivation will only get you so far, but understanding that you are making a life change can go a lot further in becoming a healthier you.
The key is to change your mindset and turn your activities into habits. Rather than setting lofty goals, set smaller goals that you can achieve fairly easily. You’ll feel better because you will be experiencing success, but more importantly, your brain will accept the changes and create new neural pathways that guide you toward developing habits.
Try making a routine that will trigger you to eat healthy or exercise. For example, start drinking a glass of water before you eat or drink anything else in the morning. Your brain will associate waking up with drinking water. Try taking an exercise class like yoga or pilates. Or, start taking a walk with your dog every day after dinner so that you’ll associate walking with after-dinner time and begin developing the habit. Better yet, your dog will get into the routine and will start whining at the door or bringing you his leash if you try to skip a walk.
2. Find Ways to Be Accountable
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