How To Stop Being A Quitter
How often do you sign up for stuff in an attempt to improve your health and wellbeing? You have a word with yourself saying something along the lines of “right, this time I’m really going to do it! I’m sick of feeling….(tired/ overwhelmed/ stressed/ down about how I look etc)”
You get off to a flying start and then just a few days, weeks or months later you’ve given up and you’re back to square 1… or -6!
I’m now working from home and have been really busy lately, which has meant that I’m not getting my steps in each day. (Yoga is great for SO many things, but increasing your step count is not one of them!)
I was getting to the end of the day and looking at my watch and felt ashamed that I’d only done 2 – 3,000 steps. So, after a couple months of this I got fed up of the shame and made a promise to myself that I was going to aim for 5,000 steps a day. It’s only half the number that experts recommend but it’s a step in the right direction – pardon the pun! Plus it was achievable so I knew I’d be more likely to stick with it.
But setting the target isn’t enough to make it happen. I needed to be more specific. So, I decided to actually give myself a lunch break and use it to go for a 20-minute walk.
Now, as soon as I’ve put my plate in the kitchen, I go put my shoes and jacket on and walk out the door.
Tagging healthy habits onto the end of something else you do regularly is one of the best ways to integrate them into your routine. The act of putting my plate into the kitchen after I’ve finished my lunch now triggers my brain to move onto the next task – going for a walk… I don’t even have to think about it.
If you’re struggling to integrate a healthy habit into your routine, think about what you could tag it onto so that you are mentally triggered to do it.
The other thing that really helps is to know in advance exactly what you will do.
I know that in 20 minutes, I can walk down to my local playing field, go around it and walk back. So that’s what I do. If I started mulling over where I was going to go each day, it’d eat into my actual walking time so I’d talk myself out of it by saying “oh, I don’t have time now”.
Below is your ‘what I’ll do’ for the week. It’s a 10-minute flowing yoga sequence (so no holding poses, just continuously moving from one to the next with each inhale and exhale). You just need to work out what you’ll tag it onto.
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