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Having healthy habits shouldn’t feel like a luxury or like something far out of reach. Sleep, exercise, and healthy home cooked meals are attainable and important for your overall well-being at any age.
A listener of the show wrote in and asked for tips on how to get a new healthy habit to stick. I think this is a brilliant question and one lots of us can benefit from. I’ve a learned quite a bit about getting new healthy habits to stick when I picked up the habit of running and training for marathons almost 15 years ago.
Today I’m excited to share with you 10 tips for how you can make new healthy habits stick. I want you to feel energetic, confident, healthy, and happy every day. These tips will help you get from ‘barely doing’ to doing something healthy every day . . . without even thinking about it.
10 Tips to Get Those Habits to Stick:
- Remember the rewards
- Take baby steps so you don’t get overwhelmed
- Let one good habit lead to another
- Make it a public commitment
- Give yourself time (three months, at least)
- Plan on it and schedule it
- Set yourself up for success
- Compare and contrast (know your progress)
- Have a clear goal in mind (something fun that will motivate you)
- Love yourself enough to care (this is the golden ticket to success)
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Bad habits are not the easiest thing in the world to change, and good habits seem to be the most difficult to adopt. Habits shape your life and are ingrained in your day-to-day decisions and actions even when you don’t think about them. Although they are involuntary and often the result of living life on autopilot because you’ve taken the same action over and over again, your actions and reactions, patterns of behavior, and your conversations are habitual.
Making your new healthy habits stick is possible with the tips I’ve shared, however it’s important to know that life’s twists and turns are not always predictable, but they are pretty much guaranteed. These unexpected turns in life will throw your best habits out the window, so be prepared and know that it’s okay.
In this episode I share how I was taken off track with my healthy habits a few times for unforeseen events, but I was able to get back on track. Tip #10 was the game changer, and taking small steps towards the habits that gave me health, stamina, energy, confidence, and joy was key. If you start to falter . . . just get back on track by harnessing the most important habit of all: self-love.
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“Summon the one habit that rules them all. Self-love and take a single small step in the only direction you want to go, forward.”
-Barbara Hannah Grufferman