Habits are automatic responses – things we do as a matter of course. They can be ‘bad’ in the sense that they no longer support us, or ‘good’ because they help us achieve our goals.
We can change habits. EG - Few of us still suck our thumbs… or a dummy! Millions of people have stopped smoking. (See me for info on NHS resources or the Alan Carr method.)
We can also create new ‘good’ habits. EG – Coming to the gym; drinking water; walking to work/school.
When you first do something new it can feel odd before it becomes automatic. EG - When you first learn to drive (or ride a bike) you have to think about every action & it’s often frightening. Now, if you drive, it’s generally second nature – and you can chat, listen to music, or think about other things while you do it.
Try this: cross your arms as you usually do. Now try to do it ‘the other way’ – with the opposite arm on top. Did you have to think about how you did it? Did it feel slightly weird?
Repetition is the key to creating new habits.
You need to practise a new behaviour. Some experts say you need to repeat something around 30 times for it to sink in. EG – come to a class every week for @ 6 months; don’t buy chocolate for a month; do 10 mins of exercise every day for a few weeks.
Good habits can become automatic. EG, I don’t waste energy thinking about reasons not to come to the gym. I don’t debate if I’m coming or not. I turn up… however I’m feeling; whatever the weather. Even if no one else was here, I’d workout.
Use Fit Club to practise new, positive habits. Try a new habit THIS WEEK and let us know how you get on. You’ll never know if it works until you try it!
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