I know so many of us start out the New Year or a new month with the best intentions; either to start or increase an exercise regime or to eat healthier but then it fizzles out mid month… How do we start these healthy habits and make them stick?
Recently I have been reading many books and articles on habits good or bad and what makes them become a habit. So many times I think we as humans overcomplicate our own intentions…we create these elaborate plans or strategies.
- I will meditate 3 times a week
- I will eat vegetarian 2+ times a week for dinner
- I will run 4 days a week
The list can go on and on…even though these items seem intentional I have found that the daily habit is easier to maintain for most people. Think of it as brushing your teeth, you don’t say on Monday, Wednesday and Friday are teeth brushing days, you simply brush your teeth multiple times every day. If you set an intention of exercising every day I believe it is easier to maintain than setting a 3 or 4 day a week workout plan. Now don’t get me wrong I am not saying it needs to be a major, kill yourself workout every day but if you do something small (sit-ups, pushups, jumping jacks and squats) every day you will form that healthy habit that will most likely lead to more strenuous work outs on other days. Then when you want to incorporate a bigger program; running, yoga, biking or strength training into your routine you already have the baseline of feeling good and knowing how the release of endorphins make you feel. Another best practice is to have a buddy or share your workouts with friends, knowing that you are accountable to other people make it easier to show up to your daily workout on those days that you are feeling less motivated. When you believe and sign up for daily exercise, set one day for your Rest Day, but make sure you get right back the next day to your routine. Everyone I talk to, admits it is always harder to start an exercise routine again when they have taken a lot of time off. I believe that is because it has fallen out of habit and you have forgotten the rush of endorphins you get after a workout. Remember again, if you do something small every day for your health you will not only see the benefits but your body will remember the feeling you receive after.
When you are starting a healthier diet start with small sustainable changes that can also become daily habits. If you typically skip breakfast start there, or if you eat out for lunch start with packing your lunch from home. When you make the meals you know exactly what is going into it and you can control the the fat, protein, fiber and salt content. I know it can feel overwhelming at first but mindful planning can go a long way. If you need help with mindful meal planning or establishing an exercise routine or need someone to check in with to help hold you accountable I am here to help. Please reach out for your complimentary consultation with me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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