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4 Simple tips for healthy habit building

Starting a new movement routine can be an exciting and transformative experience, but it can also be a time filled with trepidation and uncertainty. Even more-so when there is no clear path ahead.


The benefits of starting a regular exercise/movement habit not only improves physical health but also boosts mental well-being. The best part is that it's never too late to start a new habit. Here a few simple tips to consider when starting:


1) Firstly, it's important to set realistic check-points, goals and expectations. Begin by identifying i) where you are now, ii) where you would like to be, iii) what are some intermediary goals (mini-check points along the way), and iv) how will your life will be different when you arrive at your desired outcome. The clearer your answers to these questions are, the clearer the path ahead with be.


2) Next, find an activity that you enjoy that is associated with the outcome/habit your are wanting to create. For example, if your habit is oriented around running it makes no sense to start swimming even though they are both beneficial for health. It may take some trial and error to find an associated activity that you enjoy, which is a normal part of the process.


3) Start to block out time each week for when you will complete your new habit. This is part of building consistency (and long-term habit). In some instances you might find that you need to schedule these habits into existing habits to get them done. This is normal, and it helps to remember to be kind to yourself while you adjusting to a changing schedule, as it's likely to take trial and error.


4) Seek support from those closest to you and/or connect with others who share similar goals or interests. This can helps with motivation, but can also help to create new relationships and make the activity more enjoyable.


Remember, starting a new habit is about creating sustainable habits for long-term benefits rather than focusing solely on short-term results. By setting realistic goals expectations and check-points, finding enjoyable activities, planning for success, l and creating a support network; you'll be well on your way to establishing a new habit.

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