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Tips for Staying Motivated for Healthy Lifestyle Changes

Updated: Apr 13


As we search for ways to make this time of physical distancing less frustrating and more meaningful, many of us are making lifestyle changes we hope will become habits. There are more people out walking in our neighborhood than ever before and people who typically don’t cook at home are learning new recipes and eating together as a family again. Although hope is always a good thing, there are concrete strategies for staying motivated to persist with lifestyle changes. If we persist, we just may come out of this pandemic healthier than when it started. Here are a few tips to consider as you move toward a healthier you.

  1. Don’t look at lifestyle change as a sprint or even a marathon—there is no finish line. You are making changes for your lifetime to improve your overall wellbeing and quality of life.

  2. Focus on what is working for you and what improvements you see and feel, no matter how small. Small and consistent steps will lead to new habits and greater results over time.

  3. Remember your original WHY! Keep a clear vision of why these lifestyle changes are important to you and connect with it not just intellectually, but emotionally.

  4. Keep learning new information all the time. Utilize books, CD’s, documentaries, podcasts, classes, magazines, etc. Fill your mind with positivity.

  5. There is the philosophy that we are the average of the 5 people we spend the most time with, so surround yourself with positive, health-minded people. Don’t allow anyone to sabotage your health and wellness journey.

  6. Accept responsibility for your choices and make no excuses. We all have challenges and barriers to success and we all have time for what is truly important to us.

  7. TAKE ACTION no matter how small. Too often we wait for motivation to strike when the fact is, action leads to motivation which, in turn, leads to more action. You cannot think, pray or wish your way out of the pattern that is holding you back. You must ACT your way out of it, one moment at a time!

Blessings and Be Well,


Coach Linda

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