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When making something a Habit is a Good Thing ~

Make health babits fun with a partner

Make health habits fun with a partner

Hi Folks,

Over the last few months, I’ve spent a bit of time working with some of my friends who happen to be a group of fantastic fitness experts to see if our collective ideas   could change people’s lives.

But what I’ve found in doing research and working with some of my friends is that the most important thing isn’t some secret ideal fitness plan … but forming the habit of fitness.

It’s the habit, not the plan, that makes all the difference in the world.

It’s fascinating, really. I’ve found that you can give beginners 10 different fitness plans — yoga, running, Crossfit, TurboFire, P90X, bootcamp workouts, MoveNat, etc. — and they can all fail. Why? Because it doesn’t matter how good the workout is, or how good the diet is … if people don’t actually follow the plan.

The problem really is not that people don’t know what kind of exercises to do … they generally do know what they should be doing. And really, no matter what people choose, it’ll (generally) be better than nothing. It’s much better to do body-weight exercises, or run, or do yoga, or play a sport, than to do no activity at all.

So how do you get people to do something, rather than nothing?

It’s not even a matter of motivation.

You can motivate people to get active — for a day or three.

That’s not the hard part. The hard part is figuring out how to get them to stick to it.

When I first started outdoor hiking and exercising on a regular basis in 2000, I knew that I could get myself to do it for a few days, because I’d done it a dozen times before. But in those numerous attempts there were times it was a challenge to attain any lasting difference in my health, fitness level, or weight.

Then I applied the same principles that worked for changing any habit, and it stuck. A year later, after enjoying numeous weekly outdoor workouts attained a study flow that works regardless if doing exercises, Tai Chi, or walking mediation hiking.

What was the secret? Motivation?

A good exercise plan?

Not really …

Instead…..

It was learning to create the habit , and figuring out how to make that habit stick.

It was that simple.

And yet, none of the major fitness programs really addresses this.

I can’t understand why — having a set of DVDs is worthless if you don’t stick to it for longer than a week, or even a month or two.

Working out really hard for two months is great, but what happens after that? Do you keep going?

Usually the answer is no — and that’s if people can even make it to two months. Usually they can’t.

In addition to the habit stuff, my suggestion is to make it a group effort who ….

  • want to learn how to form the habit of exercise, and
  • want to learn how to eat healthily and mindfully, and
  • want to lose fat or gain muscle, or
  • want to train for a goal similar to your own
  • or…
  • want to get and stay fit as they age

So the take home on this folks is make what you want to change….

Including your health….

A habit to do something positive for EVERY day !

And…

Get the support of others…..

Groups are Great !!

Here’s to positive habits for living Boundrylessly !!  ;-D

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