Embracing Change: From Fitness Failures to Lasting Healthy Habits

Two women wearing winter clothing creating healthy habits by hiking with trekking poles on a sunny day in the snow
Melanie Webb leads a hike at Adams Lake, Vermejo, Ted Turner Reserve

Healthy Habits are the Key to Fitness Success

As the New Year rolls in, many of us feel pressured to set ambitious fitness resolutions. The promise of a healthier, fitter, even age-defying version of ourselves lurks around every newsfeed and TikTok trend. It’s so…human, really, to start the year with excitement and commitment. By March the weight still hasn’t come off and the initial enthusiasm wanes; the resolutions start to crumble. 

If you’ve found yourself in this familiar scenario, fear not! There’s a more sustainable approach to achieving a healthier lifestyle—shifting from strict resolutions to cultivating lasting, healthy habits.

The Pitfalls of New Year’s Resolutions:

New Year’s resolutions often come with a set of unrealistic expectations. We set lofty goals without considering the challenges that life inevitably throws our way. The pressure to adhere to a strict diet or exercise regimen can lead to frustration and disappointment, making it easy to abandon the resolutions altogether. Rather than being disheartened by failed resolutions, consider embracing the concept of cultivating healthy habits. 

The Shift to Healthy Habits:

I recently read the book Atomic Habits, by James Clear, and was struck by the simplicity of his concept of “habit stacking.” Healthy habits are the building blocks of sustained change and, unlike resolutions, they focus on incorporating small, manageable changes into your daily routine. Habit stacking is Clear’s method of stacking habits up against one another, creating a rhythm and a flow out of habits that makes it easier to create a pattern that lasts over time. This shift in mindset allows for a more forgiving and adaptable approach to achieving your fitness goals.

Tips for Building Healthy Habits:

  • Start Small: Instead of trying to overhaul your entire lifestyle overnight, start with small, achievable changes. This can be as simple as taking a short daily walk, choosing water over sugary drinks, or adding more fruits and vegetables into your meals. RUVI is my favorite way to add more fiber to my diet, which is critical for weight loss.
  • Consistency is Key: Healthy habits are formed through repetition. Consistency is crucial for success. Choose activities that you enjoy and can realistically add to your daily life. Consistency fosters routine, making it easier for your habits to become second nature (remember the ‘habit stack’). 
  • Be Patient and Forgiving: Habits take time to develop. Be patient with yourself and recognize that setbacks are a natural part of the process. Rather than viewing a misstep as a failure, and subsequently labeling failure as a ‘bad’ thing, see it as an opportunity to learn and adjust your approach.
  • Track Your Progress: Keeping a journal or simple spreadsheet can help you track your progress and celebrate small victories. Seeing tangible results can be motivating and reinforce your commitment to building healthier habits.

Still hung up on Failure?

I reflected on what the concept of failure meant to me while healing from an injury several years ago. That time spent pondering led to the script I created in the highlight reel for my first 10-Day Fitness Challenge. Now the WebbWell 21-Day Fitness Challenge, my exploration of failure has become somewhat of an anthem, reminding me that indeed, “failure is just another brick in your building.” 

What if I told you, failure is just another brick in your building?

Have you ever caught yourself asking the question, what happened to the old me?

I’ve felt the loneliness and loss of my good health too. Feeling forced to go through another healing process while everyone else was out playing felt like being in a penalty box. While I sat the bench, everyone else was still in the game.

I knew I had to get back to myself–back to feeling like a human BEing.

It’s time to rebuild that ‘building’ of a body. Rebuild it from the ground up and the inside out.

You’ve set your sites on recovery.

Your Health is Your Wealth.

Welcome to the WebbWell Way of Life!

– Melanie Webb

About Melanie Webb and WebbWell

Named “The person to call” by DEPARTURES Magazine, “a leader in the adventure travel industry” by Norie Quintos of National Geographic Traveler, and “one of the top trainers in the industry” by The Sports Club/LA (now Equinox), Melanie Webb is the founder and creator of WebbWell and the WebbWell wellness app. A sought-after industry and corporate retreat facilitator and speaker, her fitness course Mother Nature’s Gym Outdoor Fitness Guide is approved for 1.6 CEC’s from American Council on Exercise.