Making sustained lifestyle changes takes time. Some can solidify the changes in months, but for most of us it takes years. And then we continue to refine that lifestyle going forward.
You take these small action steps so that the new behaviors become a part of your lifestyle and not something you do for short bursts of time to get to a goal.
Yes there are points where you may need to dial up or dial down exercise, nutrition and overall wellness, but the goal is to never shut it down completely.
Beginning this process can be intimidating and often leads to inaction. One of the ways to work through this is to collect YOUR crew.
Find the group of people who can be there throughout the process and for the long term that can help support, motivate and guide you toward your goals.
Collectively, do they embody the same values and priorities you have?
If you want to build a healthy lifestyle, a lean body and good nutritional habits…you’ll need positive people to help you get there.
The people we associate with have powerful influences over us. Make that work in your favor.
Let’s explore ways to get others on board with health, fitness, and nutrition. This will require some conversations. Some honest and difficult. Others inspiring and exciting.
At the end this experiment you’ll feel better equipped with the crew you need to reach your goals. This may take some vigilance and persistence.
How to get started:
- Decide what YOU need. Figure out exactly what you need to be successful. Have conversations with open and honest communication rather than finger-pointing and blame.
- Be patient. Negotiation takes time so you’ll need creative solutions that allow everyone to win. Understand that YOU might have to make some concessions too.
- Buddy up. One is the loneliest number.
- Focus on what you can control. You can’t control other people. You’re in charge of your actions and attitudes. We ironically relinquish this control in favor of controlling others.
Some of the biggest challenges are faced when it comes to family and the changes you want to make. Here are a few ways to help move your family a toward your fit and healthy crew.
Involve the kids in shopping and meal prep. They get to pick their favorite healthy foods. Kids are more likely to eat things they prepare. Meal time might be more frustrating initially, but it’s a great time to connect.
Improving food acceptance, or the desire to try new things, is easier if people have a hand in preparation. Remember, it’s an experiment so you don’t have to eat anything you don’t like.
Eat as a family. Actually dine. Sit down, relax, and have a conversation.
Modify, don’t eliminate. Every family has favorites. Instead of scrapping them, think of 1-2 steps that would minimally change the meal yet make it healthier. Continue on this track and get really good at each step! You might create resistance if you change too much too quickly. Ask what people are willing to try.
Schedule activity time. Ask your loved ones to take part in a hike or adventure at the playground, or walking the dog. Pre-planned, elaborate activities not required.
Try the Healthy-Happy rule. If you want something that makes you happy (ice cream), then precede that with a choice that makes you healthy (veggies and hummus).
Keep nutritious foods accessible. Make non-nutritious foods inaccessible (or absent). Kids will not like this at first, but over time they will adapt.
Friends and Co-workers
Find someone who will take a short walk with you during lunch or a break.
Schedule a monthly dinner party where friends can rotate cooking healthy dishes.
Create opportunities to get together that involve activity. Drinking and overeating are often social activities. Break the norm and find those who are willing to engage in alternative gatherings.
Is there a person you admire for the healthy lifestyle that they live? Schedule time to meet with them and ask questions. Learn how they were able to incorporate these healthy habits into their life. People love to share their stories! Take advantage of that so you can generate new ideas to get started.
Whatever you choose, look for opportunities to add to your crew. These were just a few to get you started! Having this support crew is a critical step to ensuring long-term success.
Ready to start recruiting?!?! Please reach out so we can talk!