Interesting topic this one, and hopefully I can give you some ideas of how to increase your chance of staying healthy. With the holidays coming up, and the New Years resolutions that follow this advice today could prove particularly helpful.
When trying to become healthier and fitter it's key to prepare. That is, it's key to plan ahead in many ways that's can help you stay on track. There have even been studies completed that shows failing to plan can drastically reduce your chances of success.
But what are you planning for?
Healthy nutrition - if you want to change the way you way and how you fuel your body then planning is essential. Every weekend my wife and I will sit down and plan our meals for the week. From there we write our shopping list for the next day and stick to it. We also plan in certain snack foods that we now will keep us away from the temptations of chocolate and crisps. Having a plan for our fopd, and sticking to it, has helped us drastically improve out nutrition and it can help you too.
Exercise - planning your activity for the week ahead will make a big difference too. Just saying that you'll get moving when yoid can isn't really very committal and is easy to not do. Instead, look at your schedule for the week ahead and plan when you can for in half an hour to an hour of exercise. Then plan what you're going to do. Doesn't have to be fancy but include some sprints, weights and flexibility work to get the best results. Also plan in how to keep moving throughout the day. Some of my clients I set homework throughout the week to keep them moving. For example I could set a challenge to do 100 body weight squats throughout the day. Doesn't matter when but get the done. This can generate great results compared to doing nothing on those days off the gym.
Fun - I think it's also important to plan some time to play. Don't get me wrong, I think having fun should be a part and parcel of everyday and every activity we do but sometimes that just doesn't work. Plan in an evening a week with the family doing a different activity, play a sport with friends, socialise (avoiding the alcohol of course!). Find something that relieves your stress and gets you mixing with your friends and family in a relaxed and enjoyable way. Some people don't like organised fun and prefer it to be spontaneous, but if you struggle to fit any fun into your week then maybe you should plan some in to begin with.
And there you go. 3 things to plan each week ready for the next that will massively increase your chances of success. You'll be fueling your body with better food, moving more and in a better way, and having more fun. What could be better!?!
Give it a go planning ahead a little and see how you get on. Oh, and don't stress if things don't go to plan (they won't always) but try to adapt as best you can!