6. Don’t push yourself too hard.
People often pick a fitness routine that is too much for them so they end up abandoning it. Maybe you’re never going to be a person who can bench press their weight or run one of those races where you have to wade through mud and that’s okay! Be realistic about your goals and don’t beat yourself up: getting fit can take a lot of time. Pick a plan that encourages you to do more than you are doing now, but not a plan that makes you want to just crawl back into bed when you think about doing it. A little bit of working out is better than no working out, even if it’s just a 15 minute walk or stretching on your lunch break.
7. Find healthy foods you actually like.
Don’t force yourself to eat anything you don’t like. You’re not going to stick to a diet if you have to gulp down a smoothie full of spinach every morning that makes you gag. Try different foods and figure out which foods work for you before you commit to a diet or food plan.
8. Which leads to...learn to cook at home!
And we don’t mean “buy a box of pizza rolls” kind of cooking at home. Cooking at home is much healthier than eating out because you can control exactly what goes into your food and how big your portion sizes are. Learn to cook from scratch with fresh, healthy ingredients. It’s easier than you think! And once you are armed with some healthy recipes you love, you will have go-to meals to help you stay on track.
9. And once you know how to cook, plan your meals!
Take some time to make a list at the beginning of the week to plan all the healthy meals you will make and then get all the ingredients in one go. It takes some time, but is worth it in the long run. You’ll be much more likely to stick to the schedule of healthy meals if you already have everything you need at home. Then use the leftovers from dinner for lunch the next day so you don’t end up buying something unhealthy in a panic.
10. Stick to the outside of the grocery store aisles.
When you’re buying groceries, try not to go down any aisles. All the healthy stuff is usually on the outsides: vegetables, fruits, fresh meats, eggs, cheese, and dairy. Of course you’ll need to dip into the interior every once and awhile, but try to make your cart mostly outer-rim items.