Building a new habit takes 21 days. Have you heard that before?
While that might not be a hard and fast rule, it’s a good guide when trying to pick up new habits or improve your wellbeing. Small, consistent changes over time can significantly improve your health. But you have to get these changes right. Improving your behaviour and habits takes time, much longer than 21 days if you want to introduce many new things. These changes also need to be realistic and achievable for you.
Here at Anytime Fitness, we want you to maximise your membership and gain these benefits. Let us coach you through this process:
- Have a goal in mind. You should aim for daily and weekly goals, to begin with
- Achievability is key. Habits are built upon success
- Be bold and step outside of your comfort zone. Sometimes a change is a good thing
- Involve others. Family, friends and colleagues will provide a positive environment around you
- Track your goal and regularly test yourself. It’s important you can see and feel improvements
Here’s how to start…
Use these steps to keep a habit diary or log over time to track your progress. You can even use our digital health journal. Take some time to reflect on your personal goals, aspirations, and lifestyle. Make a list of the various things you would like to improve using the following categories:
- Mental Health
- Family and Social Environment
- Work-Life Balance
For your top 2 in each category think of how you could improve, commit and adhere to a 5% improvement over the coming 5 days. See if you can maintain this small improvement. After 5 days, review each item and reflect. Maybe you want to keep some of these changes.