The toughest part of starting a fitness journey is… starting. We all want to live healthy, but when you’re set in your ways that may not prioritize health, it can be a big leap to start something new. In fact, if you jump right in without an actual plan, you might find yourself falling off the health wagon in a hurry. As with anything in life, to be successful in the long run, you must make a plan to live healthy and stick to it.
Most people tend to fail when transitioning to a healthy lifestyle not because it’s hard but because they didn’t have a game plan that they could stick to. We’re here to make that part simple to help with your health and fitness success.
Plan Your Meals!
Meal planning can be the hardest part of converting to a healthier lifestyle. Old habits die hard, but once you’ve learned to plan your meals in advance, you can replace those with your new healthy habits.
Of course, the first thing to do is decide on your goals. You may simply want to move to healthier, organic food sources, or you may want to eat for increased energy, weight loss, or muscle building. Whatever the reason, planning ahead is the only way to be successful.
Mapping out your daily meal plan will save you a lot of stress and hassle in the long run and will help keep you on track while avoiding cravings. Although you can prepare your food the night before, that can eventually become a pain and get monotonous. It’s often easier and more efficient to prepare weekly meals in advance on the weekend.
When your daily meal plan is set, you may realize that your schedule won’t allow for full meals throughout the day. That’s when healthy snacks and quality protein come in really handy, such as Pure Titanium Whey (quick-digesting protein), Casein Fusion (when you want time-released protein), or Rawfusion (for those in search of a delicious plant-based protein that mimics the amino profile in milk protein). You can get healthy, balanced protein by having a serving by itself, or you can mix any of them with your favorite fruit or juice to create your own balanced meal replacement smoothie or healthy dessert.
Plan to Exercise!
Just as it is with your meal planning, your exercise plan will depend on your goals. Whether you’re focusing on bodyweight (losing fat or increasing muscle), strength, endurance, stamina, or any other aspect of physical fitness, you must have a plan you’ll stick with.
There will always be debating about when the best time of day to exercise is, but there’s really essentially one easy answer. The best time to exercise is (drumroll)… Whenever you’ll actually do it! Decide if you’re going to exercise first thing in the morning, in the middle of the day, or after school or work, then be sure to stick to that schedule.
Set a long-term goal, but work on smaller short-term goals along the way. That will keep things from getting monotonous and will spark new motivation as you reach each of those smaller goals. Whatever type of exercise program you’ll be using, remember to tailor your meal planning to match. Also, don’t be afraid to adjust your exercise and/or meal planning if you’re not seeing results, but keep in mind that it will usually take 2-4 weeks to see any visible changes regardless. Be patient but willing to adapt.
When you set a plan to live healthy, it will feel like hard work at first, but once it all becomes habit after a few weeks, it’ll will be second nature. Long – and short-term goals will give you the challenge and motivation needed to keep moving forward, and changing things up occasionally will keep things fresh and prevent boredom, which is one of the biggest reasons people fail to reach their goals.
Plus, you should tell family and friends about your plans and goals, as that can be a great way for them to help you stay on track. Even better, finding people with similar goals is a great way to build new friendships and have someone to work toward your goals with.
These are the key points to remember:
- Make a meal and exercise schedule that can become habit
- Set short-term and long-term goals to keep you motivated
- Avoid monotony by changing your exercise program occasionally
- Surround yourself with like-minded, positive people for support
Check back often for more help with meal ideas, nutrition tips, diet plans, exercise programs, and everything else to help with your plan to live healthy.