What makes it so difficult to change our behavior and create lasting change? The majority of people settle for less than they desire. They blame their circumstances for the lack of difference in their lives when it is really due to their lack of focus on creating lasting change.
Changing old habits, eliminating harmful practices, and developing new positive lifestyle habits will transform your life for the better. A habit is an acquired behavior pattern that you regularly follow, typically because you have established a routine to support and reinforce your practice.
First, you have to recognize a pattern in your actions. You have to pay attention to your actions, both physically and mentally. Once you identify the habit, you have to change the environment in which it manifests itself to support new healthy lifestyle habits, such as visiting a personal fitness studio.
Whatever the reason we allow bad habits to reign supreme in our lives (boredom, fear of failure, an avoidance strategy, or even an approach strategy), it takes effort and dedication to remain committed to changing your bad habits into good ones. It takes practice, but when you make changes, they will stick and become permanent over time if you maintain these healthy lifestyle habits.
Be Physically Active
Exercise is the second pillar of healthy lifestyle habits. It is one of the best ways to improve your health. Exercise will strengthen your heart, strengthen your muscles, and sharpen your mind while lowering your stress and improving your mood.
You don’t have to be a marathon runner or gym rat. Begin these simple workouts:
- A brisk 30-minute walk three times a week is all it takes to start seeing the benefits of exercise.
- Have trouble finding time to get out and exercise? Start small. Try doing some form of physical activity every day—raking leaves or walking the dog—and work your way up.
Soon, exercise will be a daily habit that you can’t live without. You might even be inspired to take it to the next level: signing up for a personal fitness studio!
Maintain at Least Seven Hours of Sleep
You’re not alone if you struggle with sleep quality and quantity. According to the CDC, one in three people doesn’t sleep for seven or more hours per night. However, just like other vital habits such as eating well and exercising, getting enough sleep is linked with better mood, concentration, memory, and even weight loss and muscle growth.
The body uses deep REM sleep to repair cells and return its functions to a baseline. That’s why you need to get enough rest to achieve your goals.
Start a Sustainable Diet
Fitness is 20 percent physical activity and 80 percent diet. Some habits you can develop in your diet are:
- Eliminating sugars, flours, caffeine, and pasta from your diet will make you more healthy.
- Introducing healthy fats like olive oil and avocados since your body immediately uses them as energy.
- Eating plenty of leafy greens and citrus fruits for vitamins.
- Consuming seafood, poultry, and eggs to get your protein.
- Making small changes in your diet by eating a salad for lunch every day or giving up your glass of wine at dinner.
These gradual steps will be more effective than jumping from fad diet to fad diet.
Get Involved in a Personal Fitness Studio Now
Making healthy lifestyle choices is better for you than making unhealthy ones, but it may require some effort. Likewise, if you care about your health and overall well-being, taking care of your body will help you be healthier and happier.
Train your body and mind to be healthy when you sign up for The Fit Factor PT! We’re an exclusive, results-driven personal fitness studio in Wellesley for anyone interested in genuinely achieving their health goals through customized training programs. Discover your fit factor now and be blown away by our attention to detail and precision.
Chad has been my personal trainer for over 10 years. He is very dedicated and resourceful as a trainer. I would highly recommend Chad. He has kept my body healthy through all these years and in my 50s. Chad is also very accommodating to working with your schedule. Wouldn't go anywhere else.
I love working out with Chad! I have been working out with him for the past year and a half and have had the best results compared with other trainers. Chad’s dedication to his clients, humor, warmth and expertise are a winning combination. I look forward to our sessions and always leave feeling stronger, more flexible and energetic. I highly recommend Chad.
I have been working with Chad (the trainer) for almost three years now and have gone through an amazing transformation! He bonds greatly with his clients and is a very qualified trainer. He tailors workouts to individual clients and has helped me perform better as an equestrian and achieve my physique goals. If you are looking for a great one-on-one trainer, I would highly recommend.
When I started going to the fit factor I went in thinking I had a pretty good knowledge of weight lifting and exercise without having much to improve. I was so wrong! Chad was incredible and really took the time to explain and show proper technique as well as a variety of different exercises that I had never done before. I now have much more confidence in my form and have a really great and well rounded routine. Additionally, Chad catered to my personal goals and really listened to what I wanted to accomplish. I cannot recommend The fit factor and Chad enough!
I have been weight lifting for over five years but have never had dedicated instruction from a trainer. Chad was able to notice where my form was failing and correct it immediately. He also guided me towards effective exercises so that I could keep achieving my goals and moving up. After a couple of months of working with him I was able to see some great results. Chad knows his stuff!
Chad has been great with not only the types of specialized workouts each session but also with checking in after the sessions. He has a real passion for seeing people make big health changes; which makes it fun. Would highly recommend!
I went to Chad looking to get back in shape and lose weight, which had crept up from working long hours. Chad was super patient and non-judgmental. We started at a level where I would see results but not get so sore or so disappointed at what I could not do it. He focused on what I could do if I pushed myself hard and taught me that step/skill building was an integral part of the process. We also talked about nutrition and self-care. As other reviews have mentioned, he cares about his clients beyond the appointment time, and wants them to make positive change to their lives that will stick. I lost 30+ pounds and I am in the best shape of my life. I have been able to maintain this for 2 years. He taught me how to create a sustainable workout plan. Even during the pandemic I was able to maintain my weight and my fitness level thanks for his frequent check-ins and the solid fitness base we created through his work and fitness mentorship. I highly recommend him!
I started with Chad in August 2020, my first semester of college was cancelled and i needed something active to do. At that point I was a small underweight kid looking to gain muscle and gain weight. I went to Chad 3 times a week until late January 2021. Those 5 months were great, I really enjoyed going to chad and it was the highlight of my week and something I would look forward to going to 3 times every week. Throughout this time Chad has perfected my form on workouts and had a great and unique workout for me everytime. I went in weighing 125 pounds at 5’10 and now I weigh 150 pounds after the five months. Not only did Chad give workouts but he also gave me a diet for me to follow so I could maximize my time with him. He really personalizes workouts for each person. Currently i’m in the best shape of my life and am super confident in my body. GO TO FIT-FACTOR!!