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How to make it your best few months to-date.
Fall is much more than a season marked by pumpkin spice lattes and visions of trees shedding leaves. It’s a great time to think long and hard about your health, the routine you currently keep, and the habits you want to break. You don’t need to wait until January 1st to turn over a new leaf. You can make like a tree in the fall and let go of thoughts and behaviors that no longer serve you. After all, you, and you alone, are responsible for your transformation!
To better prepare yourself for the transformative process, you must know how to make your life better, one step at a time. By listing some healthy habits to engage in during the latter months of the year, we’re hoping to inspire you to keep up the good work. We see you working out and trying hard to change your life. We also know that people often become complacent with time and want to serve as mentors invested in your success.
Give Every New Habit at Least 30 Days to Stick
Easing into the process may be the best advice we give to you because it ensures that you don’t become discouraged and quit. Every new habit takes time to get used to mentally. Before you decide something isn’t working for you, you’ll want to give it 30 days of concentrated effort before throwing in the towel for good.
Here are some healthy habits for you to develop this fall:
- Stop making excuses for your actions. Own your behavior. If it isn’t something that makes you feel better about yourself and your health, stop doing it! Excuses are the brain’s way of trying to justify something you don’t feel good about doing. Replace those behaviors with new ones. Take action and accountability for everything you do. That way, at the end of the day, you can be proud of your achievements because they’re definitely yours. You’ll have done everything you can to better yourself by changing the things that don’t feel right in your life.
- Start adding one new habit to your schedule each week. There is always room for improvement. Make it your goal to try one new healthy habit each week. By the time a month rolls around, you’ll have four new practices to brag about adopting. Using a habit tracker may make it easier for you to stay on task. You can opt to record the details in a journal or planner. If you prefer digital tracking, download an app that focuses on habit-building. Set up alerts on your phone so you’re reminded to update your information regularly.
- Make meal prepping your new norm. It’s a serious gamechanger. You won’t be forced to eat something that isn’t good for you because no other choice exists. It allows you to take control over the calorie counts, nutritional values, and flavors of every meal you consume. Remember the philosophy of cooking once and eating twice. It will change your life for the better!
- Turn stress into something positive. Channel all that nervous energy into fuel for the new and improved you. Run it off at the gym. Spend time outdoors centering yourself. Use it as an excuse to connect with someone you haven’t seen for a long while. There are ways to make stress benefit you physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. Experiment until you find what clicks most with you.
- Ask for help when you need it. If you’re struggling with your workout, find someone to work with that can help you. A trusted friend or physical trainer are two good examples. Having someone else’s support makes a world of difference in how you perform this fall. They have a vested interest in your success which makes you want to try harder because you don’t want to let them down.
- Do a digital detox. Put your phone on airplane mode regularly. Doing so allows you to disconnect from the digital world for some time. Spend time working out, resting, or cooking without distraction. The world of social media exists without you being a part of it every minute. Besides, you can be watching other people meet their goals or be busy working on your own. Which do you prefer?
- Focus on strength training. Build muscle mass by focusing on exercises that make you stronger. Aim for doing this type of activity at least twice a week for best results. You can do push-ups, lift weights, and do lunges. Make sure to alternate the activities as much as possible, so your body doesn’t stop responding to the training. You’ll find plenty of routines you can follow online. It’s up to you to decide which you think will be best for you.
- Slow down and focus on what you’re doing. Despite feeling like you should keep up the breakneck pace of others, slowing down and being mindful of what you’re doing allows you to understand the process better. It keeps you in tune with your body and mind, too. It prevents accidents from occurring in the gym and the outside world because you’re aware of your surroundings and actions at all times. If there is any habit you pick up this fall, make it be this one.
Being healthy is among the best gifts a person can give themselves. The time you spend in the gym and preparing nutritious meals has value. Continue down the positive path you’ve created for yourself this fall and grow stronger and healthier each day. We see your effort and applaud your dedication.
Make Health Your Priority This Fall by Changing Your Routine and Habits
Give fall your all. You’ve got every reason to be healthy these days. All the time spent in the gym helps when you’re developing habits that are in alignment with an active lifestyle. With each new practice you adopt, your body gets stronger, healthier, and better equipped to handle whatever life throws at you.