Sunday, February 12, 2012

Winning The Battle Against Bad Habits

ANNAPOLIS, MD - MAY 17:  A member of the Unite...Image by Getty Images via @daylifeBy Paul G Farmer

When the time comes for you to make a life changing decision there is a battle that you will need to fight. If your way of life has lacked physical activity and your diet consists of mainly fast food and microwave dinners this is going to be a tough fight.

This is a fight that you can win though. It is going to require a shift in your thinking. You are going to have to change your eating habits and exercise habits.

According to a study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, Phillippa Lally found that it took about 66 days for a new habit to form. What does this mean to you? It means you can form a new habit in just over 2 months. Also he says that if you miss a day it is not detrimental to forming the new habit.

Starting an exercise routine and eating a healthy diet is a lifestyle change because you are changing your life. You are changing your entire attitude for the better. Exercise is now going to become something you no longer fight with, but actually enjoy. Fast food is going to stop tasting good because you are going to be eating food that is good for you. You will have more energy, your confidence will increase because you will be looking better and feeling better.

If you are still on the fence about exercising and eating healthy remember this. Life avoiding a battle is no life at all because there is never going to be victory. When you decide to stop avoiding the battle and make the decision to change your life for the better, the only regret you will have is you did not do it sooner.

Here are 7 strategies to help you change your bad habits and win the battle:

1) Visualize the habit in your head

If you know exactly what you want then you can visualize it. By seeing it starts to become a real. You will start to believe you can do it and it will happen.

2) List the benefits of your new habit

If you want to start exercising more often, list the benefits that come from exercise. Some examples are, lose weight, have more energy, gain strength, feel better. You can also list the negatives if you do not exercise. Some examples are, weight gain, weak muscles, feel bad, less confidence and high blood pressure.

3) Completely commit to your new habit

Make a commitment and honor that commitment to make the change. Don't quit! You have come so far, why are you going to throw it all away by quitting. No matter what, stay the course.

4) Do it small

You don't need to change everything at once. Instead it is better to change one thing at a time and slowly add more.

5) Write it down

Write down what your goal is and put it where ever you can see it. Put it on your bathroom mirror, your fridge, in your car, and anywhere you are going to see it. This will help remind you of what you are accomplishing.

6) Get an accountability partner

Tell someone you trust what you are changing. This will help you stay on track. Just make sure whoever you tell is going to hold you to what you are want to change. If they are not then choose a new accountability partner.

7) If you meet your goals don't stop

When you reach the goal you had set for yourself make sure you don't go back to the bad habit. Continue doing the good habit and even go on to change other habits that you find negative. It does you no good if you go 3 weeks without smoking then go right back to smoking. Make it a lifestyle change instead of something you are just doing for a little while. If you start thinking it is a lifestyle change it will be far easier to re-program what your habit is, then if your mindset is I will try it for a little while and see how it goes. The minute you think you are going to try you have already subconsciously failed. Never say try, instead say do.

Changing a habit can be done if you stay committed to it. Make sure you stay consistent to what you set out to do. If you do this you will be able to rid yourself of bad habits in about two months time. You can win the battle over bad habits all you need is the correct mindset.

Paul is a fitness enthusiast who has worked as a Personal Trainer and a Physical Education Teacher. He earned a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from California State University of Fullerton, and a Physical Education Teaching Credential as well. He also earned a National Certification as a Performance Enhancement Specialist, Corrective Exercise Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and is a Certified Personal Trainer.

He started http://www.workdfitness.com which focuses on all aspects of fitness, and motivation and is the founder of Workd Fitness Bootcamp. Paul has a passion for helping others achieve their goals and is ready to help you with yours as well.

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