How to Build Good Habits

31 May 2021

Creating changes in habits can be uncomfortable, but it’s always worth it. So, how does change occur? By building small habits that, over time, become ingrained in your daily routine. You’ll find that the more you practice good habits, the easier it’ll become.

Why should we build good habits?

People have different reasons for wanting to build better habits. Start by asking yourself why. Why do you want to build this habit? Are you looking for more energy? Do you want to improve your mood and wellbeing? Do you want to set aside more time for yourself?

Did you know that your physical and mental health is linked? Eating a balanced diet and getting regular exercise can help keep your mind and body in tip-top shape (1). Healthier lifestyles can also help you get better sleep, increase your mood and maintain a healthy weight (2).

It takes about 21 days to build a habit, so start small. It’s easy to feel discouraged when you begin your health journey by looking at where you want to end up. Nothing kills motivation more than setting unreasonable goals and being extra hard on yourself when you fall short. 

Set small, achievable goals to get going. Even if it feels simple, small steps over time add up. Sometimes, it’s just about showing up, pushing yourself that extra bit further each time and celebrating the small wins. If you fail, that’s okay. Just start again. 

Getting started

It can be overwhelming to figure out where to start. Here are ideas for habits you can incorporate into your daily routine. You’ll begin to feel better in no time!

● Go for a 10-minute walk every morning before work

● Eat at least five servings of fresh fruit and veggies every day

● Walk or cycle instead of driving to a location close by

● Drink more water. One glass in the morning, right after you wake up

● Set yourself a rule to not use technology (yes, that includes your phone!) in bed

● Reduce takeaway treats to once a week

● Eat a nutritious breakfast every morning

Some tips for success

It’s essential to be specific about your goals. For example, instead of just stating you want to wake up early, you could set your alarm at 7 AM every morning so you can fit in a nutritious breakfast. Being specific about your goals and having a set day, time, and routine will make it easier for you to stay on track.

Another tip is to prepare in advance. If you want to get in the habit of drinking more water, carry a water bottle with you when you’re out and about. If your habit is going for a walk in the morning, prepare your running shoes the night before. A little bit of preparation can go a long way, especially in the beginning!

The bottom line

Building good habits can be an enjoyable and rewarding process. It’s a great way to contribute towards your personal goals and become a healthier, better, you.

If you would like some help building on your fitness habits, talk to one of the team members at the gym. We would love to help and assist you on your health journey!