Creating a new habit is not an easy thing to do. It’s takes a lot of energy, plenty of time and a sound strategy.
The four steps listed below are designed to help make the task of creating a new habit slightly easier.
1. Identify the new habit – The habit needs to be important to you. It needs to be relevant and help progress you to a bigger goal. Remember it’s a hard road ahead, so make sure the habit is one you want to create.
2. Make it measurable – Sometimes a habit needs to be broken down to a smaller component or modified slightly in order for it to be measured. As an example, eating better is a great goal however it’s not specific enough. Eating 5 servings a day of vegetables is more precise and it can be measured. At the end of each day, you want to be able to review your habit and know whether or not you accomplished it.
3. Anchor it to an existing habit – We all have habits, some we are proud of and some we’re not. Either way we can use our existing habits to our advantage. This means you want to take an established habit and attempt to execute the new habit immediately after. If you already stretch every morning and want to start a walking program, try walking right after you’re done stretching.
4. Track it – You’ve got one measurable habit now and an anchor to attach it to. All you need to do is track your habit on a daily basis. It’s as simple as tracking the habit as “done” or “not today.” You can use a calendar to track your habit or stop by our Facebook fan page here. We track our habits there and you’re welcome to stop by and join in the fun.
I hope these four steps can help you create new habits and assist you in reaching new heights in your fitness program.
If you have any questions or need help identifying some new habits to work on, please don’t hesitate to write an email or call me at 719-640-0141.
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