Don’t you just hate it when you get a song in your head that you can’t shake? You know when that same line from, “Who Let the Dogs Out,” keeps playing over and over again and it won’t leave. I like to compare that annoyance to some of our habits. For example, I can’t seem to stop drinking that can of soda for lunch, even though I know there are healthier alternatives.
We change the layout of our living room when we get bored with it. We change our cell phone carrier when they start charging too much. We change our hairdresser when they make a mistake. Then why is it so hard to change our poor eating, sleeping and exercise habits when they make us feel tired, weak and less confident?
The saying goes, old habits die hard. But they really aren’t very hard at all. The hard part is wanting to change and believing that you can. In order to see a change through, we have to really want it and believe in it. We have to remove any and all doubts to support our ultimate well-being.
At Genesis PURE, we believe in the ability to make positive, healthy changes to experience a lifestyle of Whole Health. By better, we mean feeling strong, healthy and confident. And, it’s as easy as eating healthier, getting the proper amount of sleep and exercising.
Where do you start?
An old Chinese proverb goes like this, “When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.” Which one are you?
If you want to change a habit, and make it stick, you have to believe in it firmly. Write down why you want this change and who you want to become or what you want to achieve. Ingrain these beliefs in your head and in writing. You want this belief to be that nagging song that never ends.
Next, you need to create a strategy. For example, let’s just say you want to eat more healthy foods and get a better grip on your weight loss goals. Visualize yourself feeling and looking better. Think about what you are good at. Maybe you enjoy running 5Ks. So, imagine yourself doing just that, hear the applause, feel the strength in your legs. Doesn’t that feel good? Now how do you look? Do you like what you see?
Make a list that will help you accomplish your goals. For instance, you can place a list next to your bed at night so you can read it when you wake up. Maybe you have workout clothes laid out the night before and you commit to walking your dog. Be specific about what you are going to do. State exactly, “I’m going to walk two miles today, Wednesday and Friday.”
Other things you can do:
- Have a healthy lunch prepared the night before.
- Stock your fridge with healthy snacks.
- Plan all of your meals in advance.
- Search for aps that can help you schedule these things.
- Create a playlist of your favorite songs. Music is a huge motivator for me when I am exercising.
Lastly, reward yourself. You deserve the praise. It’s OK to have an ice cream at the end of the week as a thank you for doing an awesome job. If you get in a rut, don’t beat yourself up. Maybe you just need to alter one of your steps, or change an activity. Remember, take it one step at a time. It will get easier down the road and you can slowly increase the difficulty of your exercise or the amount of food you allow or don’t allow yourself.
Ready? Let’s do this! Join us as this month as we celebrate Health and Fitness Month with a new 30-day exercise and health challenge called TransforMAYtion. We have a calendar of daily exercises you can incorporate into your routine. They say it takes 21 days to create a habit. We’re giving you 30 days to create a habit you WON’T regret! Join Fit Club’s mailing list today to receive upcoming challenges and other Fit Club related content. Simply visit Facebook Fit Club by Genesis PURE and get ready for a whole new, summer-ready you.