Most people know the basic changes they need to make. Though they may not understand the deep down reason why, they know the “what”. Eat healthier, exercise more, drink more water, don’t smoke, don’t drink alcohol, etc. A lot of people adopt healthy lifestyle changes multiple times in their life, so the issue isn’t that people CANNOT change, it is that they cannot MAINTAIN change. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’d rather make slow steady changes that develop into habits over time than changing everything completely in the short-term, just to revert back to old ways. In a world of instant gratification, many want things now not 10 minutes from now. So they make drastic changes in the hopes of getting results quickly. Sure many may get the results they sought after, if it is done the wrong way however, 9 times out of 10 they are right back where they were within months or a year. They were so focused on the change they didn’t think on how they’d maintain it. Without rambling, the main points are…
– Make changes that last by keeping them small and doable.
– Focus on the long-term and not just the short-term. If it cannot be sustained over the long-term, it is not an effective change.
– Stop looking for “special” ways to achieve better health and focus on the simple effective ones: eating healthier, drinking more water, exercising/moving more.
– Implement these things slowly and do not take on too much at one time. Fight the urge of focusing on the now and think about the future. If I drink a little more water, and a little less of other beverages (like soda, tea, coffee, etc.) slowly over 12 months, to at that point having 90%+ of my beverages come from water, that would clearly be better than trying to stop drinking anything but water immediately just to go to drinking too much of everything but water thereafter. That may be a little confusing. What I mean is, a change that takes 12 months but continues is truly an effective change. Obviously if it takes years that is not optimum and is arguably a little too long. However, quitting altogether, albeit taking several years, is better than continuing the bad habit for life.