(2 MINUTE READ)
Habits are my absolute favorite. I find the psychology of how people develop and ditch certain habits so fascinating. Mostly because it directly applies to what I do for a living! When it comes to fitness and nutrition, building habits that encourage good health and ditching habits that don’t is extremely important (and what I am constantly trying to help people do).
What’s so great about habits is they turn things into autopilot that were once a daunting task. For example, think about when you were a kid and your parents had to bug you to brush your teeth in the morning and before bed.
Now as an adult, it’s just something you do (I hope). You don’t have to think about it, you just do it – it’s part of your routine!
That’s the goal with fitness and nutrition right? To exercise without really thinking twice about it and make the right food choices without it being a huge struggle.
The best part is, when you are in control of your health and fitness, E V E R Y T H I N G in your life improves. You feel better, you look better, your confidence skyrockets, you have more energy, you set a better example for those around you, your work ethic improves, and so on : )
If you’re a human, you’ve probably tried to get the swing of this whole fitness and nutrition thing once or twice. But why hasn’t it stuck? It could be various reasons:
Your approach was too extreme (unrealistic)
You didn’t give it enough time (patience)
You tried to make it perfect (all or nothing)
You changed too much at once (unattainable)
You didn’t have anyone to hold you accountable (outside expectations)
You lacked proper direction (education)
You didn’t visualize what would happen if you stuck with it (focus)
You didn’t truly believe you could (confidence)
That being said, how DO you build good habits so fitness and nutrition becomes PART of your life:
1. Start with ONE habit at a time (i.e. eating more veggies, increasing protein, getting more steps in, signing up for classes, seeing a trainer, CHOOSE ONE).
2. Find someone to hold you accountable. A friend, spouse, family member, ME. Knowing that someone else is expecting you to follow through with something really helps you stick to it. Whether it’s someone you physically go to the gym with or someone to check in with, find someone!
3. If you mess up, keep going, it’s never going to be perfect. Just. Keep. Showing. Up.
4. Believe that you can do this, that’s literally the most important step. Doubt is the #1 thing that gets in the way of peoples goals. The doubt starts in your head, make it stop there too. Don’t let it influence your actions (or lack there of).
Once your practice becomes automatic (turns into a habit), move on to another one! Before you know it you’ll have created a whole new life for yourself, one habit at a time.
Be persistent, be patient….
& you will thrive : )