Your Essential Guide to Making Healthy Life Changes

Your Essential Guide to Making Healthy Life Changes

A step-by-step guide to help you make a healthy life changes once and for all.

Whether you'd like to lose a few pounds, spend more time with your kids or nurture your creative side, you can develop healthy habits and a healthy lifestyle that last a lifetime. Start by printing out these tips. Post them in a prominent place and resolve to take a different approach to change this year for a whole new you!

1. Find something you love.
You've heard it before, but the fact remains that devoting yourself to a lifetime of unpleasant tasks is drudgery. Choose hobbies and pursuits you enjoy.

2. Cast a wide net.
You never know what might spark your passion. Variety keeps things interesting and allows you to approach problems in new ways. It can also take you out of your comfort zone, which is essential to leading a rich life.


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3. Make a plan.
Until it's on paper, it's just a wish. You can deviate from it, but a specific, detailed plan serves as a handrail so you always have something to come back to.

4. Recruit a partner.
Often, we're more faithful to others than we are to ourselves. Find someone — a friend, family member or acquaintance at the gym — who has similar goals and shares your enthusiasm. If you can't find anyone, enlist friends, class instructors or others to help you find a partner.

5. Establish a routine.
Sticking with a new routine is easier if you do it at the same time every day. It requires less mental effort and soon becomes an unconscious positive force.

6. Focus on results.
Remember why you're expending the effort, and congratulate yourself with both concrete and abstract rewards: Pick up that blouse you've been eyeing or remind yourself how far you have come in front of the mirror.

7. Document what you do.

Take pictures, make a chart or keep a journal to document your successful transformation.

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