The following are some ideas you can use to set up an environment conducive to getting fit — I’ve used them all at various times:
- Get rid of the snacks. Don’t keep them in your house or you’ll be more likely to eat them.
- Don’t buy convenience food. You’re likely to eat this when you’re too tired to cook.
- Instead, cook big batches of healthy food once a week. Have it in the fridge, ready to be heated up.
- Take healthy snacks to work.
- Create a healthy eating challenge with your coworkers.
- Join Fitocracy (invite code: zenhabits) and make friends there. Log your activities.
- Join a running club.
- Find a workout partner.
- Set up an appointment with your best friend to go walking or running every day.
- Get a coach.
- Set fitness challenges with your friends. Log them online, on Facebook or some other social site.
- Have a chinup bar in your doorway, and do a chinup every time you walk by.
- Join a sports team.
- Have nuts and fruit with you when you’re on the go.
- Make it hard to turn on the TV (put it in the closet or something).
- Use a program like LeechBlock or Freedom to shut the Internet down at a certain time each day.
- Have healthy potlucks with friends or family.
- Publicly commit to posting body pics or measurements each week on your blog.
- Make a list of healthy restaurants, or healthy meals at other restaurants, for when you feel like eating out.
- Park farther away from things so you’ll walk more.
Obviously not all of these will apply to everyone, and they’re just a start of what can be done, to give you an idea.
Setting up a fit environment doesn’t have to be hard, nor does it have to be overnight. But I challenge you to do one of these actions today, and see what happens when you start creating the right setup for a healthy life."