Ever said, “I’m going to be really healthy this week"

...And then completely blew it by day two?

Life gets in the way. It just does. Anytime we make a choice to benefit our health, there’s activation energy involved. In chemistry, this is the energy required to start a chemical reaction. In life, it’s that little bit of effort we have to put in right before we make a healthy choice.

It can sometimes seem so big that we choose not to make the choice altogether.

Fortunately, there are some simple ways to decrease the activation energy of exercising and making smart food choices.

Here are four ways I recommend turning the healthy choice into the easy choice:

Meal Prep.

Yea, I’m pretty much gonna say this over and over. If I didn’t have most of my meals and snacks prepped every week, it would be a lot harder to go for healthier options. Meal prep doesn’t have to take forever, it doesn’t have to be boring, and it doesn’t have to limit your options. It DOES make it so much easier to reach for nutritious foods when I’m stressed, bored, or in a time crunch. To learn more, check out some of my recipes and tips on how to effectively meal prep!

Lay Out Your Workout Clothes Before Bed.

There are a few reasons to do this: selecting workout clothes when I’m groggy in the morning can lead to some poor fashion choices, seeing my workout clothes ready to go when I wake up reinforces why I wake up so early, and knowing that I’m ready to go each morning makes it that much easier to get out the door. Try it for a week and see how you like it!

Write Out a Plan for the Week.

This could be as simple as scheduling your workouts on your Google calendar, or writing out your planned meals for the week. Putting something in writing makes it that much more official, and it decreases the chance that you’ll bail on your plan.

Tell Someone Your Plan.

No, you don’t have to give someone a minute-by-minute report of your upcoming week, but you can give them an idea of how you’re going to make healthy choices! For example, tell your friend/partner/sibling/co-worker/parent that you’re going to catch an exercise class on Tuesday and Thursday. Let them know that you are prepping your lunch for the entire week.

Just like writing it down, telling it to someone reinforces the idea that it will happen.

Do you have other ways of decreasing the activation energy of your health and fitness? I want to hear about them! Share them with me on social media using the hashtag #HMBgirl so I can see what you’re up to.

Now, go out there and get em!