Many of us are bombarded constantly with what one considers a healthy lifestyle – healthy diet, adequate exercise, no smoking and limited drinking. For most people, they have a myriad of changes they need to adopt, which may seem overwhelming.
Anyone should know that changing a habit is hard to break, especially a negative one. Many people have a belief that habits are hard to change. In some sense, this is true. The further down the rabbit hole you are the harder it is to get out.
For most people, the hard part is the strategy. Most people have large or numerous goals, which may seem overwhelming. In this case, you can achieve your goal easier by making smaller goals. Creating more specific goals such as “I will bike 20 minutes per day” is easier than saying “I’ll exercise 20 minutes per day.”
Plus, it is important to have a practical mindset about achieving your goal. If you want to bike 20-minutes per day but either do not own a bike or dislike recumbent bikes than it will be harder to achieve and maintain that goal.
It is also important to understand where you are at in your life. If you have an uncontrolled or overly busy schedule, fitting in 60 minutes of exercise in one day maybe unrealistic. Why? Because when you can’t fit it in your schedule your self-efficacy decreases.
One thing to note is that any bout of movement counts. Whether its vacuuming the house, walking the dog or getting fit with a trainer, everything you do will expend calories, which leads you one step closer to your overall goal (for weightloss goals).
When you are in the stage of pursuing that goal or taking action, it may be a trial and error process. We think changes are hard if something doesn’t work, but know that there will be something that works. Getting discouraged will not help your mindset, which is why it’s important to maintain a positive outlook.
Positivity should overlook reality. If you are having an intense week or a catastrophic event happens in your life, you should be ready for a roadblock instead of thoughts of quitting. People think goals are difficult when they can’t budge from their specific plan. For example, when a road block occurs and you can only fit in a 10-minute exercise routine, that’ll keep you on track more than getting frustrated on not being able to do your 35-minute routine. Once your schedule calms, you can ease back into your routine.
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