How to Stay Disciplined with Your Wellness Program

About the Author: A health blogger, Cassie is on a quest to eradicate fitness misinformation from the internet. In her personal life, Cassie loves the outdoors and can often be found on the trail, contemplating her next article.

About the Author: A health blogger, Cassie is on a quest to eradicate fitness misinformation from the internet. In her personal life, Cassie loves the outdoors and can often be found on the trail, contemplating her next article.

When beginning a new wellness program, your enthusiasm for the project will likely keep you on track for quite a while. What happens, though, when life begins to intrude, and your initial enthusiasm wanes?

At that point, it can be difficult to motivate yourself to go on with your program and continue to progress towards your goals.

Once you push past the resistance and incorporate your program into your daily life, it will become a habit. Yet how do you get through the resistance?

Here are five things you can do to stay disciplined and committed to your wellness program:

1.) Have a Meal Prep Day

Good nutrition is the foundation of any wellness program. While you might be planning your meals in advance, are you prepping them in advance, as well?

If not, it’s something you want to consider, especially if you were previously used to the convenience of eating out quite often.

When trying to change your nutrition habits and eat more whole foods, it might sound like a lot of work to prep all of your food for the week at once. When you get the hang of it, though, you’ll wonder why you thought it made sense to cook every single day.

Prepping all of your food for the week in one afternoon takes the guesswork out of your weekly nutrition plan.

When all of your food is ready and waiting in the fridge, you don’t have to dread finding something to eat for every meal.

Meal prep helps you to stick to your plan because eating what you’ve already prepared becomes even easier than stopping to pick up takeout.

2.) Enjoy Yourself!

Any lifestyle change requires some sacrifice on your part, at least in the beginning. That doesn’t mean, however, that your life must be deprived of pleasure since you’re focusing on wellness.

Your new wellness program won’t be sustainable if you take away everything you enjoy. Try making small changes and find new ways to enjoy your old favorites.

You can test out new, healthier recipes for your favorite desserts and try swapping fried foods for baked or roasted meals.

Since exercise is likely part of your wellness program, you should be sure to find a variety of activities you enjoy, so you won’t get bored doing the same workout day after day.

Variety is the spice of life and the secret to maintaining a sustainable wellness program.

3.) Plan Ahead

Do you have a vacation or other special event coming up? Whatever it is, you shouldn’t use special occasions as a reason to ditch your wellness program.

With a little planning and forethought, you can stick to your program and enjoy a nice celebration without feeling the least bit deprived.

Considering your options and making your choices ahead of time are some of the best ways to stay committed to your wellness plan.

If you’re going out to eat, peruse the menu in advance and decide what you want to order. That way you won’t be tempted by everything on the menu and persuaded to make a poor choice at the last minute.

You can ignore the menu and order your healthy meal with confidence, happy to know you’re making a good choice for your well-being.

4.) Track Your Progress

Another important way to motivate yourself in your wellness journey is to monitor your progress through your medical records. You should always check with your doctor before beginning any new health or wellness plan.

Your doctor will likely run a series of tests to check key markers, such as blood pressure and cholesterol.

As you return for check-ups to monitor your progress, you can track the results in a program such as My Medical (although there are many others that will work just as well). This app stores all of your medical data and will allow you to track and compare your results over time easily.

Watching your health improve through verifiable medical data will be a big motivator for you to continue with your wellness program.

If you’re concerned about storing and accessing your medical records through an online app, you should consider using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to access the app. A VPN will encrypt the data when you access the app and block the information from being intercepted by anyone else. You can then track your medical information without fear your privacy could be compromised.

5.) Get Social

Embarking on a new wellness program can feel like a lonely journey if you’re doing it by yourself. Plus, if there’s no one to keep you accountable, it can be much more tempting to quit when things get tough.

To give yourself the best chance of success, you should share your lifestyle changes with people who will be supportive. Maybe you have a friend who would like to commit to walking with you for exercise a few days a week. Or you can encourage your coworkers to join your commitment to better health by forming a healthy lunch club to support each other in making good nutritional choices.

Don’t be afraid to let people know what you’re doing and ask for help on your journey. Trying to do everything on your own will only make you feel isolated and increase your chances of giving up on your program entirely. You might be surprised by how many people will enthusiastically join in your journey for better health.

Making a big lifestyle change is never easy at first. If you follow these guidelines and expect progress, not perfection, you’ll be setting yourself up for success.

About the Author: A health blogger, Cassie is on a quest to eradicate fitness misinformation from the internet. In her personal life, Cassie loves the outdoors and can often be found on the trail, contemplating her next article.

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About the Author: A health blogger, Cassie is on a quest to eradicate fitness misinformation from the internet. In her personal life, Cassie loves the outdoors and can often be found on the trail, contemplating her next article.

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