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How to Have More Discipline with Your Health Habits

When it comes to health, we often hear about the importance of discipline. But what does it really mean to be disciplined with your health habits? And what if you struggle to stay disciplined?

For health-conscious individuals, fitness enthusiasts, and those looking to make lifestyle changes, understanding and implementing discipline can lead to significant positive transformations. Here’s how you can cultivate more discipline in your health habits.

1. Create Realistic Goals-Don’t Shoot for the Moon

One of the biggest mistakes people make is setting unattainable goals. While ambition is great, unrealistic goals can lead to disappointment and a lack of motivation. Start by setting manageable, realistic goals. For example, instead of aiming to lose 20 pounds in a month, aim to lose 1-2 pounds per week. Even better- instead of setting a goal based on outcomes (like weight loss), set a goal based on actions (like hitting 10k steps per day, or cooking at home 5 nights per week). This approach not only makes your goals more achievable but also helps you build momentum and confidence as you progress.

2. Start with Physical Tasks & The Mind Will Follow

Engaging in physical activities can help set the tone for mental discipline. Simple tasks like drinking a glass of water upon waking or taking a short walk can have a profound impact. These small actions trigger the release of dopamine, the motivation hormone. Over time, this dopamine hit will help keep you motivated, allowing you to tackle larger tasks and achieve bigger health goals.

3. Create a Community Around You

Having a supportive community can make a world of difference. Surround yourself with like-minded individuals who share your health goals. Join fitness classes, online health communities, or local wellness groups. A supportive community not only provides encouragement but also holds you accountable, making it easier to stay on track.

4. Find Ways to Create Accountability

Accountability is key to maintaining health discipline. One effective way to stay accountable is by hiring a health coach. A health coach can provide personalized guidance, support, and motivation tailored to your specific needs. They can help you set realistic goals, track your progress, and adjust your plan as needed. The proven benefits of working with a health coach include improved adherence to health plans, increased motivation, and better overall health outcomes.

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If you can't afford to hire a coach, start my creating an accountability group with some friends or joining a workout program that will charge you if you don't show up for class. Figure out how to keep yourself accountable, because motivation will eventually fade!

5. Understand Intrinsic Versus Extrinsic Motivation

Motivation comes in two forms intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic motivation comes from within—it's driven by personal satisfaction and a sense of achievement. Extrinsic motivation, on the other hand, is driven by external factors such as rewards or recognition. Understanding the difference between these types of motivation can help you find what works best for you. While intrinsic motivation tends to be more sustainable, extrinsic rewards can be useful for jump-starting your health habits.

How to Overcome Resistance to Discipline

Unattainable Goals and Dopamine Reset

Many people set high, unattainable goals and then feel defeated when they don't achieve them. Start small to reset your dopamine levels. Completing simple tasks like drinking water or walking a mile gives you a dopamine boost, which helps you stay motivated. Over time, you'll be able to take on bigger tasks and achieve larger health goals.

Time Management

Time is a common barrier to maintaining health discipline. If you struggle to prioritize your health, making a plan is essential. Create a weekly schedule and stick to it. Plan your meals in advance by meal prepping on Sundays, and schedule your workout classes ahead of time. By organizing your time, you can ensure that health becomes a non-negotiable part of your daily routine.


In the realm of health and wellness, discipline truly equals freedom. By creating realistic goals, starting with small physical tasks, building a supportive community, finding ways to stay accountable, and understanding your motivations, you can cultivate the discipline needed to achieve your health goals.

If you struggle to create healthy habits, consider hiring a health coach to support you on your journey. With personalized guidance and proven benefits, a health coach can help you unlock your full potential. Take the first step towards a healthier, more disciplined life today.

By adopting these strategies, you'll find that discipline isn't about restriction—it's about creating freedom to live your healthiest, happiest life.

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