It is very difficult to change your behavior. Perhaps you 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? Then read on ..
Tip 1. Consider what your ultimate goal is.
What do you ultimately want to have achieved? If it is a very big goal, for example losing 25 kilos or running a 42 km marathon, then work primarily with sub goals.
Tip 2. Set up sub goals.
Make your ultimate goal manageable by setting sub goals. For example: in two months I want to lose three kilos, or then I want to be able to walk 10 km at a speed of 8 km per hour.
Tip 3. Reward yourself when you reach a (sub) goal.
Just focusing on where you want to go is not very fun and hard to sustain. Celebrate the small victories, that makes the process fun and motivating.
Tip 4. Make small adjustments, which ultimately ensure a large result.
Turning your whole way of life suddenly is not smart. Too much thought must then be given to each choice, so that the chance of perseverance is small or even nil. At Healthier Netherlands we often work with weekly and monthly targets. Think small adjustments that you make, such as let the milk out of the coffee. The following week it may be more likely to take the stairs instead of the lift at work. Make it small and don’t change too much at once.
Tip 5. Think of alternatives that fit the ultimate goal.
Suppose you eat the hair salon dish every Friday. That’s how you reward yourself after a week of hard work. Make this dish yourself by making fries from (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 takes over again and it is sometimes difficult.
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 roommates. They can help you resist certain temptations and they can be your sounding board if you don’t like it. And who knows, do they also want to start living healthier?
Tip 7. Tackle awkward moments.
Think carefully about your difficult moments. Do you find it difficult to turn down the cake on a birthday? Then consider 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 have a discussion on the birthday.
Do you have a busy week ahead of you? Then plan your exercise moments. Every bit helps. Walk around after dinner, bring your children to school by bike, go for lunch. There are moments enough to move around, you just have to think about it for a moment.
Tip 8. What if you do not change your behavior?
Changing, 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 for changing your behavior and then make a list of what the consequences will be if you do not change your behavior.
Tip 9. Don’t blame anyone else.
Whatever help you are going to look for: dietician, personal trainer or lifestyle consultant, no matter how well these professionals advise you, you have to do it.
- If you (secretly) eat more than the dietician advises, you will probably not lose weight.
- If you do little more than the weekly training with the personal trainer, you will not achieve amazing results.
- If you do not do the assignments that the lifestyle adviser advises you on, you will not see any change in your behavior and your goal will not come closer.
- When you call in help, be aware that YOU have to get to work. Not us. We are there for guidance, advice and support.