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How to Start a Healthy Lifestyle That Sticks

By: Fit Bottomed Girls

We think that the secret to getting healthy is finding a healthy lifestyle that works for you (aka one that you can follow forever because it feels good — not like tortuous deprivation). And here’s how to do it, step by step.

Step One: Find What You Like

The first step? Finding stuff that you like. So forget the cucumbers and other veggies you don’t like, and focus on what you do. Same goes for exercise and being active. In fact, go ahead and grab a piece of paper and simply jot down all of the fruits, veggies, whole grains, healthy fats and proteins that you like — plus even less-than-healthy ones like pizza and ice cream. Every single one. Then, do the same with activities. If exercises like Zumba or walking are on your list, great — but don’t limit yourself to just stuff you do at the gym! Things like gardening, watching TV and music count, too.

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How to Prepare for Your First Race

Running a race is motivating as it gives you something to train for, and a deadline.  Also, races are a great team environment that are both supportive and inspiring.  Danica from Chic Runner shares her tips about preparing for your first race.

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Enjoy It

Danica reminds us to slow down and enjoy the training process and the actual race.  She says it’s so important to really cherish each milestone that you pass and to focus on all the accomplishments you’re achieving instead of being concerned about finishing in a certain time at the race. Focus on how far you’ve come since you started training, and enjoy the process of running in a race.



It addition to running, it’s important to focus on cross training.  This will help you to develop the muscle your body needs to perform at its best when running, and can also help to prevent injury.  Danica says she  enjoys lifting weights, riding the bike and going to the gym just to stay in shape and make sure she’s not only running to give her body a break.

Reward Yourself

Training for and completing a race is a big accomplishment, and it’s important to reward yourself along the way.  Danica says she loves going to a treat after a long run, and that this reward gives her something to think about during her run.

Don’t Overdo It

Make sure that you’re taking at least one rest day per week, and don’t push yourself too far.  Danica points out that missing one training run won’t ruin you and derail your training.  If you’re feel overly tired or run-down, it’s often better to take a day off and run the next day, when you’ll be able to give it your all.

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Let Yourself Be Inspired

Danica says the best thing about running a race is being inspired by the other runners,  saying “no matter what time they finish in, they signed up and are running right beside me which is awesome and great to see”.  Let yourself be inspired by runners of all different abilities to take with you when you begin preparing for your next race!

Five Mantras to Help You Stay Motivated

When you’re trying to stick to a healthy routine, having a wide range of motivation techniques in your arsenal can help you stay successful.  Keep these motivation tips in mind for when you need an extra boost.

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Just Do It

Monica from Run Eat Repeat suggests just getting out there, even for a short workout.  She points out that you’ll often feel good once you start exercising.  To set yourself up for success, set a plan for when you’ll exercise and what you’ll do ahead of time.  Make sure you have your workout gear ready so you won’t have any excuses.

Keep It Fun

Jenn from Fit Bottomed Girls recommends finding something you love and doing it often. Once you’ve found a workout you enjoy, it’s easier to create a regular routine.  However, don’t feel like you need to stick to the same thing.  Once you’ve developed a habit of regular exercise, it’s easier to branch out and try to things to keep your workouts enjoyable.


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Take It One Day at a Time

Janetha from Meals and Moves loves the saying  “I cannot build a wall in one day, but I can perfectly lay this brick today.”  She says it can be overwhelming to look at the big picture, but if you just focus on what you have to do today, things are a lot easier. Even breaking down your day into smaller, more manageable chunks can be helpful.

Be Social

Jenn also recommends bringing a bud, because everything is better with friends!  Working out with a buddy has actually been shown to help increase your performance.  Also, when you make plans with a friend to workout, you’re more likely to hold yourself accountable and follow through on your planning.  If you can’t find a workout buddy, the group feel of a fitness class is another good option.  Try booking the class ahead of time rather than just dropping in if you’re having trouble sticking to your plans.


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Re-Think Your Goals

Jess from Big City Little Blog reminds us that it can take 2-6 weeks to see results and, even then, they aren’t usually dramatic.  When she set herself of goal of losing weight, she found that she didn’t really lose much weight – but she did have increased strength and muscle definition.  Setting a goal for overall improved fitness or to complete a certain exercise may be more attainable than specific goals like a number on the scale.