Too tired to work out. Too busy to cook dinner. Too short on time to walk instead of drive. Life is a very busy place and making a real lifestyle change is difficult. But with some small changes here and there, you can begin to build a foundation upon which you can implement that elusive change.
Those changes are repetitions. The more repetitions you do, the stronger & better you become. Over time, new habits will emerge and things will change. In a study in the European Journal of Social Psychology, Phillippa.
Stairs over escalators
We spend more time sitting than in any previous historical period. We also used to run from lions on a daily basis. Stairs ain’t so bad.
Stretch/light while watching TV
Want to watch 4 hours of TV? Fine. Do sit ups, push ups, hold a plank, etc… when the commercials come on. And if it’s DVR, aim for every 20 minutes.
5 push-ups every time you walk into a new room in your home
5 push-ups, 15 lunges, 10 squats, etc…. whatever you’re comfortable with, pick one & every time you move from i.e. the kitchen to your bedroom, do a set.
Walk and talk
When having that small business meeting or coffee, take a scroll.
Smile Because It’s Healthy
Even fake smiling will get the job done and yield benefits. Improved mood, reduced stress, increased productivity are just a few of the benefits.
The glass should always be half full. Negative energy spent worrying is literally draining and inhibits performance. Be nice to yourself too. Don’t be too hard on yourself or call yourself names.
Call / Visit a Loved One
A relative, a close friend, a partner, whomever. Don’t text, visiting can be tough to do regularly, but you can squeeze in a 5-minute call. Humans are social animals by nature, be social.
Say, Write, Feel Thank You
Whether it’s the love of a partner, a good work situation or a great workout, reflecting on the positive and expressing gratitude in some form is great for your disposition and mental state. Write down 3 things every day that you’re grateful for.
SOME IDEAS TO HELP FACILITATE
Pick a time each day, say, 11:00 AM, where you dedicate a few moments to appreciating the good in your life.
Tell friends and family
In doing so, you’re making yourself accountable. Encourage them to stay on top of you. Seek out support Want to run more?
Find a running club
Actively seek out friends, groups, organizations, etc. to create structure.