Willpower is a common theme in the health & wellness industry. Motivational posters with sweaty fitness buffs talk about how badly you need to want to be healthy. They talk about getting angry and pushing harder to reach your goals. And on and on the rhetoric continues. The argument goes that if you just tap into some hidden reservoir of willpower you will suddenly have the tools you need to have the healthy lifestyle you’ve always wanted.
- 10,000 steps a day is a lot to someone who has been living a mostly sedentary lifestyle. Instead of thinking about suddenly getting 10,000 steps overnight, can you park your car 5 spaces farther away at work? Of course you can. Making that choice does not require some Herculean effort physically or mentally, and it still moves you forward.
- Make healthy foods the convenient choice. The simple act of stocking your house with accessible healthy foods goes a long way. Fast food rose to power because of the power of convenience, but now thanks to meal replacements and even pre-packaged salad having a healthy meal does not have to mean slaving over the stove after a long workday.
- Cutting back on caffeine can be a battle against a powerful addiction. Going cold turkey sounds good but is probably the hardest path to take. Can you drink one less cup of coffee a day? If not, how about half a cup less? Your caffeine habit wasn’t built in a day, so it’s okay if we dismantle it over a longer period as well as long as you are making a little bit of progress each day.
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eHealth Challenge Tip: Focus on Your Non-Faves
If you’re preparing party food, make it something that’s easier for you to resist. For example, if your weakness is chocolate, go with fruit. Not a huge fan of coconut or licorice? Bake macaroons or anise-flavored cookies.