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The 5 Secrets to Forming Healthy Habits That Actually Last

May 29, 2020 Good to Know Info

We’ve all been there: the Whole30 diet that only lasted a week, the daily meditation app you used once, those pre-paid fitness classes you “didn’t have time for.” You might want to create healthier habits, but setting goals – and sticking to them – can be tough. So, how can you make changes that last?

Behavior scientists who study habit formation say that most people make bold resolutions without considering the steps they need to take to get there. If you’ve ever tried to run a 5K without proper training or go vegan overnight, you know what we’re talking about. All it takes is a little planning and preparation to set yourself up for success. That’s why we’ve outlined the steps to setting and sticking to a new healthy habit.

  1. Consider your current habits. Noticing where you are should be the first step in any planning process. Let’s say you want to start incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your diet. It’s important to take stock of your current eating habits and options in order to know what kind of changes are realistic for you. If you’re a snacker, buy less processed foods so you’re more likely to reach for better alternatives. If you enjoy eating out, look for restaurants that make it easy to make healthy choices.
  2. Set small, SMART goals. It’s easier to meet small milestones than it is to make a major lifestyle change in a week. Each of your goals should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound (SMART). For instance, if you’re considering going on a week-long juice cleanse for the first time, it might be more reasonable to start with a one day cleanse before graduating to three days, then five days, and so on.
  3. Make it fun. If your new routine feels like a chore, you’ll be less likely to see it through. Build the perfect workout playlist, choose a book you actually want to read, and eat foods that are not only good for you, but taste great, too. Need a little extra encouragement? Get a friend to make the change with you. 
  4. Reward yourself. A little incentive goes a long way. Just make sure that you’re choosing productive rewards (like a new athletic outfit or book) instead of something that sabotages your new habit.
  5. Keep doing it. On average, it takes people about two months to form a new habit. While they take a long time to create, the more often you do it, the easier it gets. Set reminders on your phone, keep a habit tracker, or leave a sticky note on your fridge – whatever reminds you to keep at it!

At The Juice Hive, we like to think we make healthy living a little easier (and way more enjoyable). We’re a one-stop-shop for fresh foods and wellness products, like cold-pressed juices, colorful salads, CBD products, healthy snacks, and so much more. Stop by this week, or place an order for pickup, and let us help you get started on your wellness journey.

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