The subject of habits and how to form them, has always been fascinating to me. I believe that habits are the core that make our life what it is. From the tiny ones, like what time we wake up and what we like to drink every morning, to the bigger deeper ones - our daily thoughts and our reactions to situations/conversations.
Forming a fitness habit starts like any other - with your desire to change or improve. Many people fail at long-term consistency while starting out strong. Hence the phenomena of very high gym membership purchases every January, followed by poor attendance or complete absence after. Every new year, every month or every Monday there's a chance to start fresh. The big question is how to follow through?
Let's use a specific fitness example, like establishing a habit of running every morning. Break it down in every detail needed:
- Wake up at X o'clock
- Drink a glass of water
- Put on your running outfit & trainers
- Leave the house
Pretty easy right? The main point here is to start the process. You might wake up on the first morning and decide not to go. It is okay. As you did wake up on time. The next morning you might progress to putting on the running outfit and trainers and stay at home. That is also okay. You're progressing. Finally after a few days you might be out and walking. That is great! You see the pattern? As long as you're following through on some of the initial steps, you will get into the habit.
After a few days of cancelling your run even after you've dressed up, you might feel silly and simply get out of the house anyway.
Going to the gym habit can be implemented in the same way! Just show up and take baby steps.
I recommend using a habit tracking sheet. You can find many printable options online or even draw your own in the notebook. By ticking each day you've completed your task, you'll feel a little satisfaction and desire to tick the next day.
Through in a couple of other healthy habits like drinking 2 litres of water a day or 'no sugar' days.
It's a common belief that a habit takes 21 consecutive days to be established. When it comes to working our and healthy eating, giving your best for a month can really give you confidence to follow through for much longer. Hopefully for the rest of your life! It is all about balance though, so have plenty of treats and well-deserved rest days too.
Try it and let me know how you get on!
*Image below courtesy Boho Berry