|Posted on April 14, 2014 at 9:00 AM|
Have you ever started an exercise or nutrition plan? The question is did you finish it. We all know when we start something new, no matter what it is, it seems so exciting, you’re ready to do anything and everything, and conquer the world… AND THEN… ___________________.
I’m sure you can fill in the blank. Did your motivation and willpower run out? What we want to help you to do is to turn your new activity into a new habit. Here’s how;
Set small goals – Big goals are exciting and give you a very large picture, however, the best thing to do is to start with smaller goals to get you there. Instead of changing your diet completely, start with adding or changing healthy snacks. Instead of vowing to run a marathon, set your goal to first run a mile, a 5K, etc.
Start early – Exercise in the morning. This will help your attitude as well throughout the day and you get going while your ambitions and willpower is high. Another idea, start a healthy Crockpot recipe in the morning. We all know the feeling, you just got home from work, long day, and you don’t want to cook. Don’t let this happen to you!
Use triggers – Have you ever heard that someone tends to smoke after they eat? This is something that a person then associates meal=smoke break. What you need to do is create your own triggers. If you commit to packing your lunch after dinner every night, you will then create a new habit you won’t even think of in a few weeks. Another idea, set your workout clothing out each morning before you leave for work so that when you come home it’s a nice reminder.
Be prepared / Make it convenient – Make sure you have everything you need so that there is no excuse as to why you didn’t! We all know that if it’s not convenient it most likely won’t get done, at least not for a long period of time. This make is a hassle otherwise, not a habit.
Have fun – If you don’t enjoy it, you most likely won’t keep doing it. Learn to make something healthy delicious foods you enjoy and even exercise with a friend!
Don’t break the chain – “When Jerry Seinfeld was an unknown, he created the habit of writing new material daily using a wall calendar and a red marker. Every day that he managed to write, he would put a big red "X" on the calendar. He didn't want to see any blank days that "broke the chain." Use this technique for one month and you'll find your new habit will largely be formed.””
Are you ready to create your new habits???
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