We are all creatures of habit. Most people love routines. They need order in their life. I know I do. This routine or order keeps them happy, on point, productive, and on track.
I’ve found that most people are in shape, or out of shape, because of their habits and routine. You see, no one gets out of shape overnight. And no one gets in shape overnight either. Both of these things take time to happen. Ultimately, it’s what we do each day that will determine whether we end up fat or healthy. It’s our daily routine that matters most.
My goal for the rest of this article is to help you establish a daily routine that will help you get healthy. These are some simple tips you can follow to create habits that lead to a healthy lifestyle.
Please know upfront that it can take a month or two (or more) to form new habits and create a healthy routine. Most of the habits you have now you have built up over a period of months or years. For example:
- What you eat is a habit
- How often you eat is a habit
- How often you exercise is a habit
- When you exercise is a habit
- What you do when you exercise is a habit
- How much and when you go to sleep is a habit
- Eating an apple instead of a candy bar is a habit
- And so forth!
Obviously, the first step to success is AWARENESS! You must realize you have some good and bad habits and that you will need to make some changes in your life. Once you do that, you can move forward to the next step.
Once you become aware of your habits, the next step is to take out a piece of paper and write out your day. Do this practical exercise for weekdays and one for weekends. Write down all of the major activities that you typically do each day, such as waking up, going to work, commuting, family time, meals, etc. Write down when you do each activity, how long it takes, and how often you do them.
Once you have that written down, look for things you can eliminate and get rid of, or at least cut back on. Identify which habits are unhealthy and brainstorm a few things you could do differently. This is really an eye opening exercise because you will physically “see” how you spend your time and you will also see how many unhealthy things you probably do.
You will identify areas you can eliminate and you will be able to “find time” to do the things you need to do to get healthy.
Your next step is to get a day planner. We talked about this in step one, and it’s really important that you plan out your day every day. Break your day down into 15 minute intervals. Set aside time each day to cook healthy meals, exercise, get enough sleep, etc.
If getting healthy is important to you, you will find a way to make it happen. If your “time” is really tight, consider waking up an hour early or staying up an hour later to do what you need to do to get healthy.
Make sure that your daily routine includes:
- Time to exercise each day
- Time to make and eat healthy meals
- Plenty of time to rest
Once again, it will take you some time to form a new, healthy routine. It might be difficult for the first month or two, but if you stick with it, you will be well on your way. And even if there is some pain and sacrifice in the beginning, the reward will be worth it.
What are your thoughts about establishing a daily routine to get healthy? Leave a comment below to let me know what you think.