Building a healthy lifestyle starts with building habits. A lot of the time, we have bad habits we need to replace with good ones. For example, reaching for a mid-day soda could be replaced with a mind fuel supplement.
It takes time, patience, and consistency to solidify these new habits and create the lifestyle you want to live. If you’ve tried a new diet or workout regimen before, you know how challenging it can be to track your progress.
Whether it’s miles per week or calories per day, it’s usually best to keep a log reminding yourself of how far you’ve come. It can also help motivate you to stay on track.
When it comes to supplements, consistency is just as important as it is in dieting or exercising. Supplements sometimes take up to 3 months before all the benefits begin to show. If you’re not consistent, it can take even longer.
In order to combat some of our natural tendencies, it can be helpful to focus on short-term goals when it comes to building new habits; with your long-term goals in mind, obviously. Read more about habit building and long-term goal practice.
Why do habits need to be tracked?
Habits require tracking because they can easily be forgotten, especially when they’re brand new. Before they become second nature, they require more brain power than we might think.
Tracking your new habits, especially when it comes to a supplement routine, simply keeps you in check. It works like an accountability coach keeping you in line with your long-term health goals.
This can come in the form of a dry erase board on the fridge, a daily journal, a mobile app, or a printable tracking sheet like the one we included for you below. Whichever form will be top of mind for you is the best option.
Keeping your tracking device somewhere you check everyday is absolutely essential. If it’s hard for you to find, it will likely seem more challenging than helpful. By printing the included tracking sheet for your supplement regimen, you are taking the first step towards accountability.
Post it up on your fridge, on your desk at work, or next to your bed in the morning. As you get the hang of your new routine you likely won’t need to track your new habits any longer. It’s the best feeling to realize you’ve formed a new habit that will last a lifetime!
Take a look at the sheet below. You can enter the supplement you are taking under “Item.” For example, Primal Multivitamin. Under “Amount”, you can go with the number of capsules or the amount of milligrams.
“Time” is there to remind yourself when you take them each day. Taking your supplements at the same time each day makes it easier on your body to know when it will get each nutrient. Then you simply need to check off each day that goes by as you build your supplement taking routine.
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