Everybody knows how important it is to stick with healthy practices to maintain wellbeing. However, at times, it can be difficult to just go with the concept of what’s best for health and staying motivated.
To help you stick to your guns better and on track when it comes to health, here are some tips that can help.
1. Detail the reasons why it’s essential for you to be healthy.
Do not be content with the vast concept of health. Clearly identify why you need to stay healthy.
Is it because you want to avoid certain pains that drive you to take NSAIDs? Do you need to be the best at work so you can get that promotion you have been eyeing for a long time? Perhaps diabetes or hypertension runs in both sides of your family, so you also need to take extra care.
Knowing the specific reasons why you need to be in tip-top shape physically and mentally is always a better motivator than just nursing the idea that being healthy is essential. Also, do not just rely on your memory, display reminders of these reasons (you can use adhesive notes) in the most visible places because humans have a natural tendency to forget and to reduce the likelihood of you having a cheat day one too many times.
2. Make health a way of life.
When something has become your lifestyle, you don’t really need much motivation to do it. If you have healthy breakfasts daily will not only give you enough energy to work out in the morning but to also keep you alert and focused for work. Moreover, doing so helps to establish a routine.
On the days that you have so much more to do, make sure you know what you need to eat and have your staple breakfast ready such as your organic dark roast coffee that you enhance with Brain Octane oil and morning grains. When you make a habit out of this, you no longer have to think about it anymore.
3. Get rid of the obstacles.
Identify the factors that throw you off track. They could be your busy schedule, and how limited your collection of healthy meal recipes are, and even your budget. Knowing the reasons that prevent you from making health a way of life will not fail in putting you in a problem-solving mode.
Every problem has a solution. With the abundance of information online, you can get the help you need in no time.
For your busy schedule, there are tips on how to cut the time for food preparation in half. If you need recipes for the limited stock of ingredients you have at home, various sites can provide you with information on new ones to try. There are even sites which offer tips on how you can prepare quick, nutritious meals using only the items you have in your pantry.
4. Buddy up.
Find a like-minded person to do things with, be it in working out or eating cleanly and nutritiously. Most of the time, just finding people who are on a similar path as you can be quite comforting and motivating. You get to create a bond with them, and you can help each other out.
There are many benefits from having somebody to rely on and who relies on you as well. It’s both encouraging and empowering.
5. Plan ahead.
Planning your menu, workout, and even the small details for the different health practices that you want to uphold can strengthen your purpose and resolve.
For example, if you have a menu prepared for the week, knowing that you have already prepared recipes that will provide you with a nutritious meal in just 15 minutes will most likely prevent you from ordering fast food to satisfy your hunger.
It’s the same thing when you stock your pantry with energy-boosting snacks that can occasionally replace a meal. You do not have to opt for junk food if you have them on hand.
6. Break down your resolution to be healthy in small, actionable steps.
Nothing will keep you motivated better than being able to monitor your progress and experiencing small victories. It is highly beneficial for you to reward yourself with the joyful feeling of accomplishment. It is worthy to note, too, that when you take smaller action steps, the goal becomes more achievable and less daunting.
When you succeed in doing one thing, you can run on the confidence derived from it to succeed in the next step you will be taking. To improve your health in a steady and sustainable way, it is better to avoid the mindset of “go hard or go home” because this will just put unnecessary stress on you. So, do things gradually and build up over time.
Upholding your wellbeing shouldn’t be too difficult. Hopefully, the tips shared here will work in keeping you on track so you can finally be the healthiest person you can be.
Dave Asprey is the creator of the widely popular Bulletproof Coffee, host of the #1 health podcast, Bulletproof Radio, and author of the New York Times bestselling book, “The Bulletproof Diet.” Through his work, the Silicon Valley investor and technology entrepreneur provides information, techniques and keys to taking control of and improving your biochemistry, your body and your mind so they work in unison, helping you execute at levels far beyond what you’d expect, without burning out, getting sick, or allowing stress to control your decisions.