Simple Health Habits: Just as a collection of ingredients make up a recipe, Your personal habits build your profile of health. Through adopting mindful health habits, you create your recipe for success. Practice a better collection of habits to get a better result. aSimpleHabit.com seeks to present you with a list of healthy habits in hopes that you might try something new, for a new result.
CREATE POWERFUL HEALTH HABITS IN 5 EASY STEPS
Let’s exercise the power of habit so you can get in the health groove without having to execute brute force. Follow these five simple steps to exercise the habit and create sustainable healthy habits
- PICK ONE HABIT that you would like to change. Just ONE. We often have a tendency to want everything to change overnight, like… stop eating fast food, fried food, and sugar, exercise every day, wake up at 5 am, etc. So many goals at once is unrealistic. Sure, you may be able to stick to some of those goals for the short term, but certainly not long term. In order to work the habit muscle choose one healthy habit to start with. Try no more than one new habit every 2 weeks. This will help set you up for your best success.
- MAKE IT SIMPLE. Remember that this is an exercise that will take practice. Start with something simple to work that habit muscle, like drinking more water, flossing your teeth, making your bed, staying off Facebook. One simple habit to work the muscle, then we can move on to some more challenging habits.
- RECRUIT SUPPORT. Don’t just write down your habit, but tell everyone you know about your new habit. Hold yourself accountable to others, encourage them to check up on you, it is the best reminder to keep the habit going. Sure it may sound silly to say, “Hey coworker will you ask me if I trained today?” but it’s exactly this kind of accountability that can help keep you on task
- COMMIT. There is conflicting data about how long it takes to form a healthy habit some experts say 21 days, some say 30 days, some say 66 days; I say commit to doing something everyday for 30 days and you are in good shape. With that said, if you do squats every day for 30 days you may have a firmer behind, but if you stop exercising completely for the next 6 months you will very quickly lose that muscle tone, so best strategy is to commit to 30 days AND set the intention to continue the habit once the 30 days is up.
- Form a TRIGGER. A trigger is a ritual that you engage in directly before your “habit.” It’s something that you can link to your new habit. Maybe you begin making your bed as soon as your alarm goes off, or, every time your phone alerts you of a message it’s your new trigger to drink a sip of water, or putting toothpaste on your toothbrush is the trigger to floss your teeth. Linking the new habit to something you already do or a cue that already exists in your life will help to make the new habit stick.
Remember this is an experiment, looking at it as such helps to take the perfection pressure off. See what happens in 30 days. Be a scientist and observe. Collect data. Remember, experiments can’t fail, they just produce different results. Browse the complete list of healthy habits for more ideas.