It is very difficult to change your behavior. You may recognize this from previous attempts with good intentions. But with a number of tips, you have a much better chance of success. Curious about our 9 tips? Read more then.
Tip 1. Consider what your ultimate goal is.
What do you want to achieve in the end? Is it a very big goal, for example losing 25 kilos or running a marathon of 42 km, work mainly with subgoals.
Tip 2. Set subgoals.
Make your ultimate goal manageable by setting up subgoals. For example: in two months I would like to lose three kilos, or I would like to be able to run 10 km with a speed of 8 km per hour.
Tip 3. Reward yourself when you achieve a (sub) goals.
Just focusing on where you want to go is not very fun and difficult to sustain. Celebrate the small wins, that makes the process fun and motivating.
Tip 4. Make small adjustments, which ultimately result in a great result.
To suddenly change your whole way of life is not smart. There must then be too much thought about every choice, so the chance of perseverance is small or even nil. At Healthier Netherlands we often work with weekly and monthly goals. Think of small adjustments that you make, such as leaving the milk out of the coffee. The week after it may be to take the stairs more often instead of the elevator at work. Make it small and do not change too much at once.
Tip 5. Think of alternatives that fit the ultimate goal.
Suppose you eat the dish hairdresser every Friday. So you reward yourself after a week of hard work. Make this dish yourself by making fries of (sweet) potato in the oven with chicken and lots of lettuce.
Tip 6. Seek (social) support.
Making a change in your behavior is not easy. The first few weeks you may be bursting with positive energy, but in the long run, the ‘normal’ life will take over again and it will be difficult at times.
These are times when it is nice to be able to talk with friends about your journey to a healthy version of yourself.
If you do not live alone in a house, it is also advisable to share your goal with your housemates. They can help you resist certain temptations, and they can be your sounding board if you do not mind. And who knows, do they want to live healthier?
Tip 7. Tackle tricky moments.
Think carefully about your difficult moments. Do you find it difficult to turn off the cake on a birthday? Then think in advance what you are going to say, or let the host/hostess know in advance what you are doing, so that you do not have to enter into a discussion on the birthday party.
Do you have a busy week ahead? Then plan your exercise moments. Every bit helps. Walk around after dinner, take your children to school by bike, go for a walk. There are moments enough to move, you just have to be aware of it.
Tip 8. What if you do not change your behavior?
Change, it is difficult and it costs energy. Consider why you want to change the behavior. What is the underlying reason that you want to lose those excess pounds? Make a list of reasons to change your behavior and then make a list of what the consequences will be if you do not change your behavior.
Tip 9. Do not blame anyone else.
Whatever assistance you are looking for: dietitian, personal trainer or lifestyle consultant, no matter how well these professionals advise you, you should do it.
- If you eat (secretly) more than the dietitian advises you, you probably will not lose weight.
- When you do little more than the weekly training with the personal trainer, you will not achieve any amazing results.
- If you do not make the assignments that the lifestyle adviser advises you, you will not see any change in your behavior and your goal will not come any closer.
- When you turn on help, be aware that you have to work. Not us. We are there for guidance, advice, and support.