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Living healthier is more than just diet; it requires a permanent lifestyle change. If you’re like most people, you’ve tried a bit of everything to adopt healthier habits. You’ve joined gyms, tried to stay active, and maybe even had your head turned by a fad diet or two.
Because modifying unhealthy behaviour is hard work, confidence is key. To help keep your spirits high through the self-scrutiny of sustaining a positive lifestyle change, we’re sharing five top tips on how to stay happy and determined.
Don’t dwell on the past
If you have one small slip up, don’t give up. No matter what happened the day before, every new day is an opportunity for a fresh start. A lot of people give up on their fitness goals early, so giving yourself a small margin for error can help make good habits stick for longer. After all, starting each day by vowing to do your best makes it easier to avoid the negative thoughts that kill good intentions.
Feeling good is just as important as looking good
Don’t turn to glossy magazines, TV and film when comparing your body image to others. We’ve all seen celebrities lose lots of weight in the blink of an eye, but they often have personal trainers, dieticians and, in some cases, plastic surgeons to provide a helping hand. Never beat yourself up trying to chase the ‘picture perfect body.’ Healthy weight loss is a good goal but it’s important to remember that feeling good is just as important as looking good.
Don’t set yourself up for disappointment
For most of us, aiming to get bikini body ready in six weeks is only going to end in disappointment. Quick fixes generally only fix things for a short amount of time so try setting more attainable goals. You could try a new exercise class once a week or swap one sweet treat for a healthier option, setting realistic goals is a better way to protect your self-esteem and respect your body’s limits.
Yearn to feel the burn
Fitting as much exercise as possible into a healthy living regime is fantastic for your self-esteem. This is because physical activity increases the release of endorphins in the brain, which trigger a positive feeling in the body and reduce stress. Too busy to exercise? Then take a look at our post on how to incorporate weight loss exercises around your work or family commitments.
Find strength in numbers
Sticking to a fitness regime can turn into a lonely experience, which why going on the same journey with friends or a group of like-minded people can help. Try walking with a friend, starting a fitness challenge with your family, friends or office group, or joining a swimming club. Whatever you choose, finding strength in numbers means you will feel less alone, making it easier to keep your confidence up.
The team at OnTrack are ready to offer you the support needed to live a healthier and more active lifestyle. You can take advantage of our two for one offer and bring a friend for free, like mother and daughter duo Lulu and Annette who left our retreat feeling healthy, happy, and ready to tackle their weight loss journey together.
Boost your fitness, lose weight and discover simple ways to plan, enjoy and stick to a diet. Kickstart a healthy change in your life today.