Dean Shepley, Personal Trainer on Cyno
We all love to take the easy route in our day-to-day routine. Why? Because it’s EASY! However, sometimes for the things that we really want, it’s the harder route that must be taken in order to achieve the results we’re looking for.
Take your physical health & wellness for example. Does it seem that you often find the motivation to get started on the right path - starting to exercise on a regular basis, and then fail at keeping this routine going? This is common among ALL of us. Studies show that on average, it takes more than 2 months before a new behavior becomes automatic — 66 days to be exact (James Clear – Atomic Habits).
This is why it is essential to not only gain the motivation to start a new habit, but to have the determination and accountability to maintain the good habit for a long time. I won’t lie, it’s not easy! Experiencing doubt, discomfort, and pain are all common within these 66 days before your new routine is established and long-lasting.
Here are some tips to help follow through with your new habit:
1. Leave it where you can see it. You’re much more likely to do the new habit if you are reminded of it. For example: if you want to read every night, leave your book on your nightstand).
2. Pair your new habit with something fun. For example: If your new habit is to stretch every day, try putting your favourite music on while you stretch.
3. Write down your goals of performing the new habit. You’re much more likely to stick to a new habit when you’ve written it out. You will want to hold yourself accountable.
If you’re looking for accountability with your fitness goals – book a Personal Training consultation with me today!