How to commit to healthy habits: 

Whether it’s eating healthier, leveling up your exercise, or quitting smoking, committing to a healthy habit means embracing long-term consistency.

Sticking to new habits can be challenging — especially if you want to make a significant change — but there are effort-minimizing ways to ensure that your healthy goal becomes achievable.


1. Be specific about your goal
“Getting more fit” or “losing weight” won’t cut it. These sorts of goals are too general, too abstract, and don’t help you stick to a measurable target. Instead, focusing on small, concrete goals will help you go much farther. 


For example, instead of “getting more fit”, you could aim to run a 5k or hit the gym three times a week before (or after) work. The same goes for losing weight; setting a target weight can be helpful, but so can keeping your eyes off the scales.

For example, you could aim for reducing your waist by an inch, or resolve to minimize sugar in your diet.


2. Commit yourself
According to studies, if you tell other people your goals or write them down, you’re more likely to stick to them. Tell a couple of friends about your plans. They can help encourage you along the way; sharing your goals with people can also help you understand why healthy change matters to you. This, in turn, can help keep you motivated.


3. Set yourself up for success
It helps to write down your goals somewhere you can see each day, but more importantly, make sure you write down why you want to achieve them. The reminder can help you when staying on track gets difficult. 
You can also find motivation in other places.


For example, if you’re looking to get more fit, you could follow some fitness accounts that you find inspiring. Or, if you’re looking to create a healthy diet, what about heading to some recipe websites or cooking blogs and buying some delicious and healthy new ingredients?


4. Think about what your barriers to success could be and plan for them

Perhaps you get hungry after work and indulge in chocolate, or you often run into traffic on the way to the gym. It’s easier to make a healthy change if the path to it is clear, so make sure you’ve noted any barriers to your goals and taken steps to remove them.

For example, you could stock your cupboards with fruit instead of sweets, and you could plan your gym time around traffic that won’t make the drive agonizing.


5. Set up micro-goals and reward yourself when you reach them
Everyone has something they enjoy: a bath, a little splurge on something nice, or getting your nails done. When you manage to hit your fitness goals for the week, or if you’ve not touched a cigarette for a month, it pays off to treat yourself and acknowledge how far you have come


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