Taking the First Step: Developing a Healthier Lifestyle

Everybody has an ideal diet, exercise routine, and body composition, but actually making the effort to reach these goals requires a ton of mental fortitude and psychological strategies to guarantee results.
One of the most significant factors that can determine whether or not you reach your goals is the intensity at which you’re implementing these changes.
Sure, everybody wants to achieve their goals as soon as possible, but there are consequences associated with doing too much too soon.
Jumping In Headfirst vs. Dipping Your Feet In
There are plenty of things that you can do in your life by just jumping in headfirst. Maybe you’re starting a new job, moving across the country, or quitting an unhealthy habit. Sometimes it’s best to act impulsively and avoid hesitation that can keep you from reaching your goals.
When it comes to adjusting your exercise and nutrition routines, jumping in headfirst is the greatest way to guarantee failure. These changes are more likely to lead to long-lasting results when you simply dip your feet in and slowly enter the water.
The best thing you can do is make minor changes in your life until you eventually reach your ideal routine or lifestyle. Here are some ways you can do that.
● Begin going to the gym once a week. After a month, you can increase your weekly visits to two, and so on until you eventually reach your ideal number of gym workouts per week. At that point, going to the gym will just be a part of your routine and no longer something that’s out of the ordinary.
● Slowly swap out unhealthy ingredients. Rather than completely revamping your current diet all at once, you can begin to swap out ingredients you already use. For example, you can replace white bread with whole wheat bread. As time progresses, you can implement further dietary changes.
● Apply the principle of progressive overload to your life. The principle of progressive overload states that the only way to make improvements is by pushing your body to its limits. When your body recovers, you’ll be stronger than you were before the last workout. In a way, you can implement a similar strategy in your life. As you begin to experience success, you can push yourself a bit further in terms of lifestyle changes.
If you want to experience success when it comes to your health and fitness, the best strategy would be to start slowly instead of forcing yourself to begin a lifestyle that you just aren’t ready for yet.
New Year’s Resolutions: A Recipe for Failure
If you’ve ever been to the gym on January 1st, it was probably nearly impossible to find an open treadmill or elliptical. That’s because most people at the gym set a New Year’s Resolution to improve their health through exercise.
Now think about going to the gym in February. It’s still relatively crowded, but there are significantly fewer people than there were in January. By June, the place is practically empty.
The reason for this is that New Year’s Resolutions are usually unrealistic. If you never go to the gym and decide on a New Year’s Resolution that requires five days a week at the gym, you’re much more likely to eventually drop your goal.
There’s no sense in continuing toward a goal that you’re consistently failing at. In fact, there’s really no reason to set a New Year’s Resolution at all.
In reality, you can implement changes in your life at any time. Rather than developing an elaborate plan to completely change your diet or spend five hours a week exercising, you could set short-term goals like going to the gym today.
Final Thoughts
It’s completely reasonable that you have a health goal that you’re working to achieve, but it’s unreasonable to think that you can jump in headfirst and expect immediate results. When it comes to health and fitness, you need to slowly implement changes in your life in order to produce long-term results.
As you become accustomed to these changes, you’ll be able to look back and notice all of the progress you made over a period of time. It’s much less stressful and allows you to experience success without even knowing you’re getting there.

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