Or maybe you’ve made a habit out of eating whatever looks good, avoiding the gym, and staying up as late as possible.
It’s pretty clear that the habits you adopt will shape who you are.
When it comes to your body, the two habits that define your physique are your eating and exercise habits. I know that for me, when I developed some bad habits of including daily alcohol or sugar into my “routine” I didn’t look OR feel the way I wanted. It was important to break the bad habits I mentioned above and my mind and body respond very positively.
If you aren’t currently happy with your body- you need to take a hard look at your habits and make adjustments.
Here are some healthy habit ideas:
- Do not eat after 7pm each night.
- Drink only water (it’s truly all your body needs!)
- Bring your lunch to work instead of eating fast food.
- Exercise 4 times a week after work for 45 minutes each time.
- Only eat fruits and veggies as your afternoon snack.
- Get 7-8 hours of sleep per night- no exceptions.
It helps to write your new habit down on paper. Also include your 3 main motivators for developing this new habit, the obstacles you’ll face, and your strategies for overcoming these obstacles.
Here’s an example:
- My new habit is to go to boot camp 3 times each week.
- My 3 main motivators are 1) to feel confident in my bathing suit this summer, 2) to have more energy, and 3) to fit into my skinny jeans.
- The obstacles I will face are 1) not having the energy to go to my session after work, 2) not having enough money to pay for sessions, and 3) not having my spouse’s support.
- I will overcome these obstacles by 1) doing my workouts before work instead of after work, so I have more energy, 2) cutting down on frivolous spending to ensure that I can afford it, and 3) asking my spouse to join me so we can get in shape together.
Make sure you are committing fully to your new habit, and using others to help hold you accountable. This is a huge part of our Mastermind group at Altman Fitness and our members make huge strides each week by using the tools they learn and the group support. The great news is that once you make that commitment and break that habit or swap it out for something healthy each day will get easier. Even if you have a little slip up from time to time it’s okay! Give yourself a break. It’s not like you can’t EVER have that drink with dinner or the piece of chocolate after lunch- it’s just you don’t want it to happen every single day. Slip ups are normal- just get back on track immediately after and remind yourself why it’s worth it to live this way.
You can do anything you want with the right mental attitude!