CREATING HEALTHY HABITS
Ashleigh Allen, Certified Personal Trainer
Most people find that the hardest part of exercising is getting to the gym. Creating new habits can be a challenge. Here are a few tips that can help:
- Make your first habit very small! The smaller the habit, the easier it is to obtain, regardless of how much motivation you have that day. For example, if your habit is to drink less soda, make your first goal to drink a glass of water with lunch instead. With small attainable goals, even when motivation ebbs and flows (because it will) you can achieve your goals on the good days and the bad.
- Find someone to talk to or even participate in this new habit. Having someone to go to during this process is beyond beneficial. Having a friend or partner to go on the journey with you cannot only keep you accountable, but will also provide support for the days that seem a little bit harder.
- Form a trigger that helps remind you of your habit. If we go back to the example of drinking more water, then you could leave a glass of water on your bedside table to remind you to drink more water in the morning. If you have a constant reminder of your goal, it will be much easier to obtain.
- Make a goal checklist. List all of your small goals on a white board and try to check off as many as you can through the day. This is yet another way to hold yourself accountable, as well as check your progress. (Thank you, LC, for this tip!)
These tips will help you achieve your goals, but it is more important that you stay flexible. Some days are harder than others so be kind to yourself! Keep in mind that most studies state that people usually need upwards of two months to form habits, so prepare for a journey!