Ever wondered why you start something new and never stick to it? It’s because you don’t make it part of your daily/weekly routine/habit? You’d never dream of going to bed without having brushed your teeth, aside from the hygiene reasons, it’s part of your daily routine. According to scientists, it takes the average person 66 days to have made their new habit part of their routine. We need to connect the neuro pathways or mental link in our brain to associate a particular time of day with that action. For example, you may always do a FITMumPlan Pilates class on a Monday morning at 10am. When you’re building habits, there are some easy tricks and tips to help you along the way, so you don’t run out of steam or motivation:
If your trying to create new habits associated with your health and well-being, start small. Don’t overwhelm yourself with massive, unachievable goals – you’ll only set yourself up for disappointment. For example, if you tend to drink every day and you want to try and cut down your alcohol consumption, start by not drinking every other day rather than cutting it out completely.
Make a List
Make a list of the habits that you’d like to create and what parts of your life that you want to change. It’s very fulfilling to tick completed tasks off a list and by writing it down you are far more likely to achieve it. Either use good old fashioned pen and paper or there are plenty of apps available to create lists or to help with your fitness journeys such as ‘Trello’ or ‘MyFitnessPal’.
Falling Off the Wagon
Don’t worry if your exercise/eating habits goes out the window at the weekends or you have an ‘off’ day. Please don’t feel guilty about it, move on, it’s in the past, start afresh the following day. Research suggests that we are more likely to form habits during week days than at the weekend. This is because those neuro pathways that we have created are triggered with the actions we carry out during the week.
Set yourself a challenge in the week ahead to create or change one of your health and fitness habits and let me know how you get on. Good luck.
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