An Underrated Strategy for Turning Fitness Into a Custom

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 1:23 AM

These actions are habits. You don't think about habits; you just do them. Fitness is all about habits, which is why so many people struggle with their workout plans, particularly those who aren't in shape to start with.

An Underrated Strategy for Turning Fitness Into a Custom

By: Tanner Baze


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Do you recollect the exact process you went through when you brushed your teeth this morning? Do you recollect groggily squeezing the toothpaste out of the tube, the feeling of the bristles on your gums, and the taste of the toothpaste in your mouth?

Probably not -- with so much information to process, you automatize some of your actions so they happen every day. These actions are habits. You don't think about habits; you just do them.

Fitness is all about habits, which is why so many people struggle with their workout plans, particularly those who aren't in shape to start with. Their habits up to that point have led them to an unfit life. Trying to fix that's a Sisyphean task for most people. It'south battling a lifetime of habit inertia.

But it can be done, and I've got the perfect system to create it happen.

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Start finding "small wins"
I'd a client a couple of years ago who was having a challenging time eating a healthy breakfast. This person felt love making an egg white omelet in the morning was damn near impossible.

After some trial and error, we finally started instituting the concept of small wins. Instead of having her focus on making an all healthy breakfast, we first set a tiny tiny goal to have her drink water first thing in the morning.

Once she did that, she celebrated that as a small win. Her first healthy action for the day was out of the way, and she could move on to the next one.


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Tiny wins can be beautiful much anything
The details of tiny wins aren't important. What'south necessary is that you recognize their power and the momentum that they can potentially expand once you obtain on a tiny winning streak.

To crack your habits, and construct new ones, you've to become alert of the process. Piling up tiny wins not only allows you to become alert of the custom you're trying to break; it institutes a map for you to crack that habit. This could imply taking the stairs instead of the elevator, choosing water instead of a soft drink, or just getting a whole-grain bagel instead of a regular one.

For example: you could swap out the donut for a large coffee, and opt for skipping breakfast completely, which might be a excellent strategy to try. Or, instead of the donut, you could just have a fiber-rich bagel with a tiny bit of peanut butter.

Either one works -- just discover the small win, and once you obtain that tiny win, celebrate it.

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