The new year is great for self-reflection and creating new goals to work toward. But what happens if you slip up, detour from the plan? As each day passes it’s not always easy to get back into a healthy routine once falling out of it for some time. It can seem a bit more challenging than not. Have no fear, it’s never too late to get back into the swing of things and find your groove once more.
Here are a few tips and tricks to getting back into a healthy routine once again.
Create A Plan
Allow yourself to really reflect upon past routines, what worked, what didn’t and then create a plan that revolves around those. Make room for flexibility, or changes if needed, even if it is starting small. At least allow yourself to really gain an idea of exactly how you are going to start and go from there.
Don’t go all in at once.
When you fall out of a healthy routine, it’s easy to push yourself to going “all in” all at once. Doing so will not benefit you. It will only cause strain, and most likely will cause you to fall out of it as time progresses. Really allow yourself to take baby steps to getting back into the swing of things. Try these mini steps, rather than marathon ones.
- Cut out a sugary sweet once a week or swap it for a healthy snack.
- Dedicate to going on a walk a couple times a week, even if it’s only ten minutes. At least allow yourself to really be dedicated to it. If it’s easier, allow yourself to break up say a half hour, into ten minute increments a few times a week, compared to say a half hour at a time. Really understand what works around your schedule and go from there. When you do go on walks, try to get outside more. Being in nature itself is beneficial so strive to doing so. Plus some sun-if it’s not negative degrees like it is here- is always good for you.
- Dedicate your time to exercising for a half hour a few times a week. Doing something like yoga, or whatever it is that you enjoy doing is totally valuable. Then work your way toward more as time progresses.
As you gradually add more minutes to these routines each week, it will become like second nature to you.
Throw Away The Scale
Leading a healthy lifestyle, or working out (if that’s your thing) shouldn’t strictly be about weight, or size. It should revolve around the wellness aspect it brings.
Meal prepping is a great way to really dedicate to eating healthy meals each week. It allows you to have things organized, and prepared, compared to simply rushing last minute to find something to eat. It’s less chaotic, and gives you a chance to really eat healthier. This way, you will have it available well in advance, and will bring forth a sense of wellness/positivity.
Plus, with meal prepping you can plan these meals alongside of your workout routines that you have factored in for the week. It not only makes you more dedicated to actually working out that day it keeps you from settling for something quick and unhealthy such as fast food.
This is pretty straight forward. Water is a necessity for life. Plus, drinking more water helps you feel refreshed, and benefits you in many ways.
When you reach a milestone for the week, reward yourself to something. Maybe it’s a spa day, or something more simple. Let yourself feel rewarded after reaching a goal. Fun fact: When you bring forth positive reinforcement once you have reached a milestone, no matter how small it may be. It will subconsciously train you to believing that working hard toward a goal is positive. Therefore, it will bring forth those emotions in the future when you make different goals and will make it a heck of a lot easier to follow through.
Find friends who you can workout with, go on walks with, or do yoga with. Having others who can participate in these events with you will help motivate you to wanting to do it more. It will allow you to be more mindful, plus it makes it more fun.
Let Yourself Have Cheat Days and Don’t Feel Bad About It
Don’t secretly punish yourself for having that slice of cake at your nephew’s birthday party, or that popcorn at the movie theater. It’s okay. Let yourself indulge sometimes. Eating sweets, or bad food on occasion is not wrong. Criticizing yourself for it will only make you feel badly in the end and that’s not good for anyone. Just don’t allow yourself to make it a consistent habit where it then becomes an every day, every meal/snack kind of thing. Find balance.
Find what works best for you, and stick with it
No two people are alike, don’t compare yourself or your routine based upon another’s. Your body knows your limits. Let that be your guide and start leading a healthier life, today.
Getting back into a healthy routine doesn’t need to be challenging. So let yourself really work on doing so at your own pace. Find your routine again, and let that guide you to reaching new goals every single day. Healthy living is beneficial for the mind body and soul, so allow yourself to practice it.
Also published on Medium.