When the New Year comes around, many of us pledge to become healthier in the coming year. However, we all know how difficult it can be to make long term changes. So how can you stay on track?
We want you to be the best you. That’s why we’ve written about seven ways to help you implement your healthy lifestyle.
1 – Identify your priorities
Most of us are probably too critical of ourselves. We can think of hundreds of things that we want to change about ourselves or the way we live. But if you want to succeed in your new healthy life, it’s better to choose your battles.
Decide what your priorities are for the coming year. For example, here is a list of changes people usually want to make:
- Losing weight or maintaining a healthy BMI
- Eating more fruits and vegetables
- Become more active
- Consume less sugar
First, pick one or two main areas that you feel are the most important at this time. Once you have made some significant improvements, you can gradually begin to tackle other issues.
2 – Optimize your routine
Not everyone likes routine. But more and more people are recognizing how important this can be for creating a healthy lifestyle. It’s all about starting with daily habits for wellness.
Your schedule can include the following:
- When you wake up and go to bed
- Time to unwind and relax
- Hours you’ll spend working
But don’t just blindly follow a routine. Experiment with different timelines and activities to find one that suits you perfectly.
3 – Begin with baby steps
A change in lifestyle can’t and won’t happen all at once. Instead, think of healthy living as a journey. Unfortunately, it’s easy to get stuck along the way, particularly in the early days. You can feel overwhelmed and hopeless. For this reason, it’s better to start with the most effortless changes first.
Ask yourself: What will be the most challenging part for you? Do you have a real sweet tooth? Or do you despise exercise?
Whatever your soft spot is, leave it for later. Begin by introducing quick and relatively pain-free healthy habits first, like drinking more water.
Over time you will become more confident and feel better. And in the end, the different changes you’ve made will seem less like a mountain and more like a molehill.
4 – Sweet dreams
Sleep truly is one of the fundamentals of good health. Generally speaking, it affects almost every aspect of your life.
It’s not just about making sure you get some shut-eye. There’s a bit more to it. All in all, you must try to get enough sleep, making sure it’s high quality sleep too.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, most adults need between 7 and 9 hours a night.
Among other things, sleep can be beneficial by:
- Improving concentration and productivity
- Supporting weight loss
- Help to enhance sports performance
To improve your sleep, we recommend that you try these tips:
- Don’t drink caffeine at night
- Switch off electronics two hours before your bedtime
- Take a relaxing bath or shower
- Try a melatonin supplement
5 – Create a healthy environment
Another strategy that will help you adopt healthy changes is to create a conducive environment. You can use your mobile home, its layout, and contents to support your new routine.
Overall, making some changes in your house is an excellent first step towards a fresh start.
Below are some of the top changes you can make:
- Control the lighting in your bedroom to support sleep
- Clear out all the unhealthy food
- Stock up on healthy eating options
- Clean and declutter your home
- Update the decor to help improve your mood
6 – Implement healthy lifestyles not diets
Nowadays, fad diets seem to be popping up out of nowhere. Celebrities, influencers, and everyone else seem to be an expert at different times. But you should be careful of following just any eating regime.
It’s often more helpful to focus on long-term lifestyle changes rather than short-term diets that are difficult to adhere to. Finding a new eating plan that suits you can help you make a more significant and lasting impact on your health.
You can read here for more information on identifying a fad diet.
7 – Gather a squad
Trying to becoming healthier on your own can be a drag. You will often be the odd one out at dinners and hangouts because you don’t want dessert. And let’s face it, getting up early to go for a run is much more fun with a buddy.
So ask around. Check if some of your friends or family members are up for a challenge.
If you need help convincing them, telling them about these benefits of making changes together might help:
- It’s easier to stay motivated
- You can hold each other accountable
- Avoid injuries at the gym
- Act as each other’s support system
- Promote healthy competition
Stick to your long term goals
The key to living a healthy life is by trying to stay consistent. Daily habits are what make the difference. But you need to cut yourself some slack as well. You are probably going to have some slip-ups and trouble resisting temptation.
The key is not to let this discourage you. It’s not the end of the world. Instead, keep your focus on long term goals and changes.
As we’ve said, one of the best ways to stay on track is to create an environment that will help you succeed. For some tips, check out seven ways to make a fresh start in your mobile home.