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How To Create Healthy Habits

Fitness and Health · October 22, 2018

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I do a lot of posts on things I do to live a healthy life and why I do them. But I get a lot of questions about how to create those healthy habits. Today I want to share with you how to create healthy habits in a realistic way.

How To Create Healthy Habits

  • Set goals: Before you create healthy habits you have to decide WHICH healthy habits you want to have. Do you want to eat healthy foods more? Do you want to exercise 4-5 days a week? Do you want to drink more water? Etc. So decide what your personal healthy habit goals are.
  • Be realistic: You can’t DO ALL THE THINGS so be realistic. Don’t say my goal is to lose 50 lbs in 2 months. Maybe say I want to lose 50 lbs and I am going to be healthy and do that in however long it takes. I lost 75 lbs after Liam was born. It took me nearly a year. Don’t force yourself to go to the gym everyday if you haven’t ever worked out before. Just ease into it.
  • Don’t do everything at once: You can’t do all the things right away. Maybe focus on 1-2 healthy habits at a time.
  • Start slow: If you want to workout more just start by going. Then go the next day or maybe for a beginner go every other day. Do a little cardio and experiment with weights. Or try a new class. Maybe you will find that Zumba or Barre is your thing and you will want to go everyday! If you want to drink more water see what you naturally drink in a day and gradually increase it.
  • Introduce One Thing At A Time: Like I have said don’t try doing everything at once. I remember when I started my healthy living journey I stared by switching out a lot of crap processed foods for whole foods. Then I started working out more, then I started drinking green smoothies. Then I got really into my water intake. Then I got into meditating just this past year. It can’t all happen at once.
  • Decide what makes sense for you: Not everything will make sense for YOUR life. So you have to decide what makes sense for you, what you want etc. This goes back to goals.
  • Prioritize Healthy Living: If you want to create healthy habits you have to prioritize it. You have to prioritize a healthy life. That may mean scheduling workouts, not going out and eating a huge dinner with friends, not having that drink every night etc. You have to prioritize the things you want.

I would love to know how you create healthy habits?

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  • 42 thoughts on “How To Create Healthy Habits

    1. Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

      These are very good tips, Neely! πŸ™‚ I think starting one thing at a time is a key factor for me when I take on more healthy habits. It’s so easy to overwhelm ourselves when we try too many things at once. I also always keep myself accountable by telling lots of people around me my plans. It really helps keep me going when I’m craving that dang donut! πŸ˜€

      Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    2. Jennifer Pompaski

      I like the part about not doing everything once! At times we are so impatient with the “journey” and then want to jump in with legs and tails.

      I try to set goals and then reward myself on my wins. It’s motivating lol!

      Great post and I love your website.

    3. Heather- That OC Girl

      This is something that is very hard for me, because I want to make all the changes at once and expect results quickly! I agree, it has to be one (maybe 2) at a time, or this won’t work. Thanks for sharing your tips!

    4. Anita

      Great tips on healthy habits! I kinda do what you do, especially the one that says ‘don’t do everything at once’. Baby steps are better than no steps at all, right? πŸ™‚

    5. chelf

      Deciding ehat makes sense to you is a big one. We all have different lifestyles., the days of one-size-fits-all have long gone, so we need to reevaluate what makes sense and what works for us in the long run!

    6. Susanna

      These are awesome tips. Sometimes we get so overwhelmed, we freeze. I really connect with “Introduce one thing at a time.” That’s always my philology. First things first.

    7. Jakub

      These are excellent! I think we need constant reminders that good healthy living is at the base of our well being. Taking care of our bodies and minds is so important. Thank you for sharing those!

    8. Lois Alter Mark

      This post came at the perfect time for me. I have known for quite some time that I need to change some of my unhealthy habits but have yet to take any steps in the right direction. Thank you for the reminder that it’s the little things that count and that I don’t have to change everything at once.

    9. Kristine Nicole Alessandra

      Great goal setting tips. I try my best to stay healthy through various means, mostly through meal choices. It is having a regular exercise routine that I should really work on.

    10. Nicole Anderson | Camping for Women

      This is just great advice. I agree that setting realistic goals is the way to go. It’s so much better to be modest with your targets and get motivated when you exceed them, rather than be too ambitious and lose interest when you don’t achieve something that wasn’t realistic in the first place.

    11. Ruth

      Thank you so much for all of these tips, I will take a lot of them to heart. I really want to start being more healthy but it is very difficult. I think setting myself goals would be a great way to keep me motivated 😊

    12. Scott

      We’re currently in the middle of the ‘one thing at a time’. Right now we’re experimenting with Asian noodles and veggies. Working good so far!

    13. Stephanie

      It’s so hard to take things slow sometimes. We all want instant results. But I’ve done the same, started with cutting out most processed foods and slowly working on incorporating more fruits and vegetables into our diets.

    14. Angela Tolsma

      I need to get better at the one thing at a time! I took on too much in September and I am paying for it now in October. But hopefully in a few months it will have balanced out and I’ll be back stronger!

    15. Monidipa Dutta

      This is really good and informative. You have created the article very well. Many will be benefitted from it.

    16. Joanna

      I have changed my lifestyle a few months ago and whilst it was very hard at the beginning, now I have no problem in choosing the healthy options. It is all about what is important for you, and how important it is. Cause if it’s not really, you won’t make the effort to change anything.

    17. Ellie Plummer

      I needed these tips! I think I do set my targets too high and expect too much too early so thank you for these tips!

    18. shan

      These are such great tips for creating more healthy habits. I think for all of us…most of us…we could all stand to be a little healthier in some area or the other. I think the wisest of them all is to not try to do so many changes at once. I know for me, that’s a clear road to losing success because I get overwhelmed. Thanks!

    19. Christa

      Setting realistic goals is so important! The sense of accomplishment you feel when you reach the initial goal will motivate you to keep going.

    20. Patricia Chamberlain

      These are great tips! I love that you included being realistic, because I think this is something a lot of people struggle with. I know I’m guilty of failing to change things in my life because the goals I set are just impossible. It is a work in progress.

    21. Sondra Barker

      I try to eat pretty healthy and I think I am successful because I do some of the things listed. Loved the other points you made, like setting goals, Ill definitely try that. thanks!

    22. Preet

      I don’t really have a daily healthy habit. But this is something that I need. Thank you for posting this and allowing us to start our day right.

    23. Blushblushtomato

      It is so difficult to stick to healthy habits! I need a lot of motivation to get me going! Discipline is important.

    24. Louise

      You’ve shared some really great tips here, Neely. I’ve pinned your post so I can remind myself to create my own healthy habits πŸ™‚

      Louise x


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