We all do it –misplace our keys, forget to turn the lights off, leave our lunch in the fridge, and even forget to take our vitamins. Creating a routine is never easy, especially when it requires doing something every day. As if remembering to take your supplements isn’t hard enough, many even struggle to remember to take their prescription medications. The yearly health care cost of non-adherence to prescription medications has risen to $100-$300 billion.1 Do you need a little encouragement? Here are the best tricks and tips to stick to your supplement routine.
Stick ‘em where you can see ‘em
You’ve hear the saying, “out of sight, out of mind.” Stick your vitamins in your line of sight for a daily reminder. Great places to store your vitamins are next to your bed, on your desk, and even in your car. To avoid damaging your vitamins, keep them out of direct sunlight or out of humid areas such as a bathroom. As always, keep your supplements out of the reach of little ones.
Combine routines to form a habit
Brushing your teeth in the morning is usually associated with your “wake up” routine, just like taking a shower or putting on clothes. In the same way, incorporate your supplement routine into a daily routine that you already stick to consistently. If you take your vitamins in the evening, make them part of your dinner routine or take them while you watch your favorite late-night talk show.
Find a vitamin buddy
Accountability is one of the best ways to ensure you meet your goal. An accountability partner doesn’t just have to be somebody you just go to the gym with. Start a vitamin routine with a friend who also is looking to improve their health. Be sure to help each other by checking in daily. A simple text reminder is a great way to stay on track!
Set an alarm
Technology is a great thing. Utilize it to its full potential by setting a daily alarm to remind yourself to take your vitamins. Keep your routine consistent by taking your vitamins at the same time every day. Better yet, take your vitamins with your daily wake-up alarm (just be sure to eat breakfast right after).
Store an extra stash
When all else fails, keep a backup supply of your vitamins nearby. You can store a serving in your purse, your car, or your office drawer. Worried that you missed a day? Don’t sweat it! Pick up your routine right where you left off.
- CDC Grand Rounds: Improving Medication Adherence for Chronic Disease Management – Innovations and Opportunities. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Published November 17, 2017. Accessed June 7, 2018.