Create Healthy Habits that Stick
I saw the greatest quote today. “The difference between who you are and who you want to be, is what you do.”
It’s the actions that count. Most of us know what we aren’t doing correctly when it comes to being healthy. Truth is, most of us know what we need to do to get there. They key is being able to take action consistently to create habits so that we can reach our goals. This is where most people have a difficult time. Creating those habits.
Being able to create the habit means that the action is something that comes natural to you. It is easy as riding a bike or reversing out of your driveway. Initially, you had to work hard and focus on those skills. Now, you can probably do them (almost) with your eyes closed. When we have healthy habits, we no longer have to work and struggle, it comes naturally. That is when leading a healthy lifestyle becomes EASY. And, that is what I want for YOU!
Here are 4 simple tips to help you successfully create healthy habits:
1. Commit to stick to practicing your habit for at least a month. It takes 21-30 days to create a habit. A month is a short term commitment. Not something that you will commit to do indefinitely, which can become overwhelming. It has an end. It is short term. Yet, it is long enough to become a habit.
2. Commit daily. The consistency of doing the same action every day helps create a habit. Skipping days makes it harder for your body to get into a routine of doing it regularly. It’s better to exercise for 15 minutes every day then to exercise for an hour
3. Start small. I can't stress this enough. I think this is the most important tip. Be realistic. Don’t set expectations that you won’t realistically be able to keep. Start with mini steps and then build to bigger habits. Especially when making health goals (think New Year's resolutions) we want to do it ALL. And we even think we can do it all. But, if you haven't been doing it all up until now, you won't be able to stick with it. It's too drastic of a change from how you have been living and usually you end up dropping everything. Starting small allows you to see success and slowly add on to reach your goal.
4. Set yourself up for success. Set up reminders. Have visuals of what you have to do for your habit. Set a reminder on your phone, leave your gym shoes in the car, make up to meet a buddy to exercise, leave your water bottle out on the counter. Create the environment so that you can succeed.
For more healthy lifestyle tips check out my Busy and Healthy Moms FB Group!
to your health,