You want to be or stay fit and healthy, but where do you start? It may seem overwhelming, but it’s the small things you do each day that add up to a fit and healthy lifestyle.

Accept that you’re always a work in progress, and use these 14 tips as a guide for your journey on the path to good health.

1. Kick Unhealthy Habits

Habits are a part of life, and they can be helpful in a lot of ways. But those that are pleasure-based are so much harder to quit, according to the National Institutes of Health — and oftentimes bad for your health.

Because there’s no way to do any of these in a healthy way, the “to-quit” category includes:
  • Smoking
  • Excessive drinking
  • Drugs
  • Unsafe sex

Unhealthy eating and being sedentary can also develop into bad habits if they’re not done in moderation, according to the University of Phoenix.

“Habits become habits because they are easy and provide a reward,” says Shanna Levine, MD, board-certified internal medicine doctor and owner of Goals Healthcare. “In order to kick bad habits, surround yourself with people that maintain healthy habits, and make healthy habits easy and rewarding. For example, if you use a nicotine vape and your boyfriend does too, you should both quit together.”

A good way to break unhealthy habits is to change your routine, replacing bad habits with good ones.

“If you want to exercise, make it fun. Find a workout buddy or invest in home tools that make it effortless,” Dr. Levine says. “I like to watch my favorite shows on the iPad while using my indoor bike, and the hours fly by.”

Of course, it’ll take some time to kick your unhealthy habits, but it’s worth it if you want to lead a healthier lifestyle.

2. Get Your Checkups