When you want to get into shape, good habits are essential. Once you develop solid habits that support your health and fitness goals, you’ll find staying on track so much easier. These good habits will also allow you to stay committed to your fitness goals long-term and once they become ingrained, they’ll last a lifetime. Here are a few tips you can use to develop good fitness habits and make them your way of life.
Tip 1 – Believe In Yourself
Believing in one’s self sets apart the people who successfully stick to good fitness habits and those who fall back to their old ways after a while. This is because whatever you believe will become your reality. If you approach the process of developing good fitness habits with thoughts like ‘this is never going to work’, you’re setting yourself up for failure. But if you can focus on positive thoughts such as ‘I can do this’ and truly believe in yourself, you’ll find developing and maintaining good fitness habits becomes so much easier.
Tip 2 – Focus On A Single Habit
To increase your chances of developing good fitness habits, focus on just one habit at a time. Habits are not easy to form because they require a great deal of focus. Trying to change lots of habits at the same time splits your focus and this makes it difficult for you to succeed. However, when you select one habit, you’ll be able to focus all your attention and energy on it, making it easier to achieve. You’ll find that once you start focusing on just one habit at a time, these new habits will quickly become part of your routine and you’ll be able to develop and maintain new fitness habits at a rate you never previously believed was possible.
Tip 3 – Make One Small Daily Change Per Week
By committing to small daily changes each week, you’ll consistently improve your health and fitness in a way that’s manageable and achievable. This small daily change could be committing to go for a 30 minute walk each day or deciding to focus on getting at least six hours of sleep every night. Since these small daily changes are something anyone can successfully implement, regardless of their current fitness levels, you’ll become increasingly confident as you succeed with them. This will make you even better at building long-term habits that continuously enhance your overall health and fitness.
Tip 4 – Do It Early In The Day
Taking action early in the day greatly increases your chances of success when it comes to developing good fitness habits. If you leave it too late in the day, things can come up or excuses such as ‘I’ll start tomorrow’ can make their way into your mind. By getting it done early, you avoid all these distractions and ensure that your new fitness habits quickly become part of your daily routine.
Tip 5 – Reward Yourself
If you have successfully managed to maintain the small daily changes made throughout the week, go ahead and give yourself a reward because you deserve it. Experts say that rewarding yourself after making a positive behavioral change will motivate you and increase your chances of success when making future changes. When rewarding yourself, go for whatever works for you, just as long as it does not have a negative effect on your new fitness habits. Suitable rewards include buying yourself a new outfit, getting a new book or going on a mini-vacation.
By following these five tips, you’ll find the process of setting, maintaining and achieving good fitness habits so much simpler. Once you become proficient at developing good fitness habits, all your other efforts when working towards your fitness goals become so much more streamlined and efficient. So take action today and master the art of developing good fitness habits.
Marc Ouellette is a Certified In-Home Personal Trainer, Certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition and Owner of Personal Training Alliance.
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