Making Your Lifestyle Changes Stick

By jonleung8 on January 21, 2011 In Health and Beauty

We read a lot of articles on the Internet pertaining to great things you can do to get fit, lose weight or ideas to become healthier. One of the things we often forget when getting excited about a new lifestyle change can be the importance of goal setting.

Here are some tips from some experts in the field of goal setting that might help you to become more successful with incorporating change into your life.

– Be committed. One very important and major rule of making a lifestyle change is goal setting. Once you’ve made a goal to be healthier or whatever it is you would like to do for yourself it is vital that you be specific, and be accountable. So write it down! The simple act of writing makes your goal visible. Put it somewhere that you can check in on a daily basis, like in front of your computer or on the fridge.

– Ask yourself, why do you want to achieve this goal? If you don’t know why you are doing something there is very little motivation to keep you going. Is it to feel better? To look better? You could add the answers to these questions to the goal you have written down so that you can look back on it as a reminder or if you feel things are getting tough. Feel free to write down as many reasons as you can think of.

– Start little. Let’s say you want to start eating an entirely organic based diet. Most people will find this very difficult to do if they try and be 100% on target all the time. This will set yourself up for failure. Start with just one small step, like replacing just one or two of the fruits or vegetables you most commonly eat with an organic type, for example. Once that becomes an automatic thing, look back at your goal and start adding in another small change like switching to organic dairy.

Lastly, if you are unsure of what you want specifically then go for the opposite effect. Let’s say you know that you aren’t feeling your best from poor food choices and would like to change. Then make your goal just trying to make better food choices because you know that eating poorly isn’t working. Any small change you make will contribute to this goal.

Good luck on your goal setting, and remember that you aren’t aiming for perfection but aiming at sustainability and any change in the right direction will have you well on your way to optimum health!

Joe trains 5 times a week at Bally’s Gym in Orange County. A long-time fitness enthusiast, he recommends that you buy ephedrine and buy ephedra from Astronutrition.