How to Stick to your Health Routines
There’s something about February that sees those New Year’s Resolutions begin to fade. Are you trying to stick to a new workout routine? Or maintain healthy eating habits? We’ve scanned some of the best fitness and health blogs and the internet and found a set of tips and tricks to make your new routines into habits!
Hold yourself accountable
According to the Daily Burn, accountability is one of the best ways to ensure you stick to a workout routine. They recommend signing up for a competition to keep you motivated, or utilizing one of the new gym betting apps – like Pact – that pays out when you exercise or cashes in when you don’t.
Be a discerning gym member
Nothing discourages a good workout like a busy, crowded gym. There’s nothing worse than waiting for 10, sometimes 20 minutes to use a machine. No wonder you feel like giving up and going home! The lifestyle and fitness blog Carrots ‘n Cake suggests avoiding peak hours and working out on weekends or in the morning. You’ll be amazed at how much more enjoyable the gym is when you can cruise from machine to machine without so much as a few moments wait!
Schedule it in
Don’t try to find the time to workout, make the time! Little Crossfit recommends putting your workout sessions into your weekly calendar – like you would a business meeting or date with a friend. You’ll be amazed at how simple sticking to your workout routine really can be when you’ve budgeted enough time for it.
Mix it up
Doing the same thing over and over and over and over again is obviously a little monotonous! The Active Times tells us to change up our workouts to keep your brain active and engaged in your workout. Change your running route, try swimming, or switch out your weight exercises on a regular basis. Make your workouts fun, not boring!
Establish Healthy Eating Habits
There’s a great article in Women’s Health that breaks down the ten habits of healthy eaters. Among them? Drink water, eat whole foods, and keep it simple. Sometimes planning your menu a week in advance can help ensure you always have enough of the right foods in your pantry, and don’t make emergency trips to the local bakery and indulge in the wrong foods!