How many times have you read an article titled something like “Transform Your Health in 10 Days” and at the end of it, decided you need to cut out sugar, stop drinking coffee, exercise more, get more sleep, practice mindfulness and drink more water, all at once, if there’s even the slightest chance of you transforming your health? Plenty. Needless to say, you’re not the only one…
Here’s the thing. Transforming your health, for good, is quite a radical thing to do and doesn’t get due credit. Whether it be losing weight (and keeping it off), getting fit, clearing your skin or improving your digestion, such a transformation is near on impossible to achieve in short period.
We all know it - quick fixes don’t work. Health is a lifestyle, a way of being. Not a diet, not a cleanse, not a detox and not a 5 day running challenge. Yes, there are cleanses, diets, detoxes and challenges out there that do work - they can be a great kick starter for a bigger plan and can have great short-term results, but they’re usually super strict, take a lot out of you and just days after finishing, you’re back to your old ways again.
If you take it step-by-step and work at it over a longer period of time, the results are far more likely to stick. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Or 10.
Make a list - I find a spider diagram works really well. At the centre put the area of your health that you want to improve upon. From that, identify the areas that could be contributing factors.
Pick a contributing factor, one that is easily achievable. Work away at it until you’ve got it nailed. This is a quick starter and will provide you with enough momentum to move on to the next.
Maintain and repeat. You’ll have enough practice at making the first part of your routine, so adding another won’t feel as if you’re trying to do too much at once.
Keeping some sort of note (photographs/written/recording) will help you to look back on all you’ve achieved. It’s easy to be down on yourself, tell yourself that you’re no closer to your goal that you were when you first started. If you’ve got some sort of comparison, however, you’ll soon see how far you’ve come.