The power of habits: How to stick to your 2023 health and fitness plan
By Danielle Roe, Holistic Nutritionist & Kardish Wellness Expert
As we enter a new year, many of us are looking for ways to improve our health and well-being. Building healthy habits can be a great way to set ourselves up for success in 2023 and beyond. Here are some tips to help you get started:
1. Set specific, achievable goals
It's important to have a clear idea of what you want to accomplish. Whether it's exercising more, eating healthier, or reducing stress, make sure your goals are specific and achievable. For example, instead of saying "I want to exercise more," try "I want to go for a 30-minute walk every day."
2. Make a plan
Once you know what you want to do, come up with a plan to make it happen. For example, if your goal is to eat healthier, make a meal plan for the week and do some grocery shopping in advance. If your goal is to exercise more, schedule your workouts into your calendar and find a workout buddy to help keep you motivated.
3. Start small
It's okay to start small and build up gradually. If you're new to exercise, try starting with a few minutes of activity each day and gradually increasing the duration and intensity over time. If you're trying to eat healthier, start by making small changes, like swapping out sugary drinks for water or adding an extra serving of vegetables to your meals.
4. Find what works for you
Everyone is different, so what works for one person may not work for another. Experiment with different approaches and find what works best for you. For example, if you hate running, try a different form of cardio like swimming or cycling. If you don't have time to cook healthy meals every day, try meal prep or look for healthy options at your local grocery store.
5. Be consistent
Building healthy habits takes time and effort, so it's important to be consistent. Make an effort to stick to your plan as closely as possible, even on days when you don't feel like it. It can also help to track your progress and reward yourself when you reach specific milestones.
6. Seek support
Building healthy habits can be challenging, so don't be afraid to seek out support. Talk to a friend, family member, or healthcare professional about your goals and ask for help when you need it. You can also find support online through communities or forums focused on health and wellness.
Remember, building healthy habits is a journey, not a destination. It's okay to make mistakes and have setbacks – the important thing is to keep trying and stay committed to your goals. With a little effort and consistency, you can build healthy habits that will benefit you in 2023 and beyond.