Only so much activity fits into a week. Pressing deadlines, critical projects, and a growing list of priorities can make it difficult to complete everything that needs to get done. Introducing changes to your lifestyle adds new layers of complexity to the mix.
But fear not. Managing change does not need to be stressful. This post explains the stages of change most of us go through, it explains the perceived barriers we all have used at some stage and the solutions to overcome them. Finally some tips for keeping yourself on track.
COMMON BARRIERS & SOLUTIONS
Barrier: “I don’t have time“
Solution: Make your new healthy habit a priority. Try to exercise whenever you can. Take the stairs or get off the bus a stop early. Plan one grocery shopping day a week and prepare healthy meals that you can freeze and eat later when you do not have time to cook.
Barrier: “I am not motivated“
Solution: Think about your most important reasons for being fit and healthy. What did you start in the first place? For example, would you like to be able to do the things you love without feeling tired or out of breath? Would you like to stop worrying about your health? Think about these things when you feel you want to quit.
Barrier: “I don’t like eating healthy foods“
Solution: Try making your favorite recipes in a healthier way. For example, you can reduce the amount of oil, sugar, and salt you cook with. Add a cup or two of broccoli, carrots, or spinach to your meals. Find sources where you can get inspired with new recipes.
Barrier: “I don’t like physical activity.”
Solution: You don’t need to spend time in the gym to stay active. You can be active in many ways, including dancing, walking, gardening, or taking fitness classes. Choose and activity that you enjoy and look forward to. Explore new options of physical activity.
Barrier: “I can’t do this on my own.”
Solution: Find others to be active with you. That will help you stay interested and motivated. Consider doing fun exercise class, like salsa dancing. Get your family or co-workers involved with the healthy eating concept. Plan healthy meals together with your family, or friends.
Barrier: “I don’t know enough about healthy habits.”
Solution: Talk to a professional. You do not have to be an expert to change your habits. A few tips and ideas can do wonders. Use the knowledge of experts and let them guide you along the way.