How to Build a Healthier Routine

If you're anything like us, you want to achieve new healthier habits overnight.

Wouldn’t it be great to spring out of bed completely rested, pluck your low-carb breakfast from a biodynamic fruit tree and be off on your morning triathlon in time to see the sunrise? 

No big deal. Ha! The reality is that sudden, massive changes to our lifestyles aren’t just hard to make happen – they’re also hard to sustain. The best way to create a healthier routine is to build it up over time. 

Here's our best tips on how to make healthier habits you’ll actually stick to. 

Start Small

As the old cliché goes, every journey starts with a single step. 

If you’re keen to feel healthier and happier, start by trying a small change, or building on something you already do. If you swim once a week, why not try adding an extra five laps? And if you don’t swim at all and you’d like to give it a shot, you could goal yourself with one lap per week. 

Lowering the barrier to entry makes it a lot easier to actually take the plunge. Getting started is the trickiest part – once you’ve got going, your feelings of pride and enjoyment will do most of the heavy lifting. 

Look at the Bigger Picture 

One of the great things about working on your wellbeing is that it tends to gather momentum. When we build up a healthier routine in one area of our life, other areas tend to follow. 

Here are some of the big areas to consider when building out a healthier routine:

•      Sleep 
•      Nutrition 
•      Movement 
•      Relationships 
•      Hobbies and Passions

Block Out Time

When it comes to creating healthier habits, a little organisation can go a long way. 

Can't find the time to go on that run? One great way to help yourself do the exercise you want is to make a time in your calendar or diary. View it as an appointment that’s as important as being committed to meeting another person. That way, it’ll be easier to hold yourself accountable to exercise. And you won’t have to think about it outside the times you set.   

Ultimately, remember to be realistic. Four hours a day at the gym might sound doable (and exciting!) when you’re feeling inspired, but it’s important to think about all the other things in your life. Building a balanced routine means giving yourself space to be healthier but, also to have fun in more indulgent activities (like Netflix and happy hour). 

Ready to kickstart your healthier routine? At Virgin Active, we believe in a holistic approach to wellness. We offer spaces for not only exercise, but also relaxation and nutrition for that great balanced lifestyle.