By definition, the word habit means a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up. Good habits can help you do awesome things like read more books, stay within a budget, or keep a clean house. When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, good habits can make or break your results.
So how do you create healthy habits?
Create your goal.
Establishing a goal gives you something specific to work towards and can help you keep your eye on the prize even when you don’t want to put in the effort in the gym or in the kitchen.
Is there a certain date or upcoming event you would like to reach your goal by? Are you looking to lose weight or increase your strength?
Figure out exactly what you want and write it down.
Break it down.
Once you've established your goal, it’s important to determine the steps it will take to achieve the goal. Dropping 30 pounds in a month may not be realistic, but 5 to 10 pounds might be. Eating more vegetables is pretty vague, but eating four cups of vegetables daily is specific and measurable.
Write down your goals AND your “why.”
Fully commit to your goals by putting them in ink, but also write down why it’s important to you. You’re more likely to keep a promise you’ve made to yourself if you know the reason behind it.
Read and then read again.
Read your goal and steps each day to make sure you're on track.
Congratulate yourself along the way.
Yay, you achieved your one month goal of losing 5 pounds! Reward yourself with a new sports bra or mani/pedi.
What tips and tricks have helped you form healthy habits?