How are you doing on building healthy habits so far this year? Over 65 percent of New Year’s resolutions are about getting in shape or losing weight (according to research by YouGov). But by now, most of these lofty or over-generalized resolutions have fizzled. I am, however, determined to stick with my goal of getting back to a healthy weight again.
I recently came across seven steps to healthy habits infographic. Many of these ideas seem obvious when they’re stated and yet I’m guilty of not necessarily thinking this way.
Seven Steps to Healthy Habits:
- Be focused and specific.
- Think tiny. Break down complex goals into simple steps.
- Start with the morning, when most people already have a set routine.
- Add a new food, activity or healthy habit rather than attempting to subtract one.
- Anchor a new behavior to the end of an existing habit.
- Create environmental cues to keep on track.
- Find a tribe online or in person for support.
The one step I’m going to add is to build a new behavior to the end of an existing habit. If I add on to my natural schedule then I’ll have a better chance of making it work! I had actually tried to do this starting in January. Once I dropped off the boys to work, I was going to take our dog Lucy for longer walks. Guess what happened. The temperatures dropped and my little Boston Terrier has not been happy with the extremely cold weather. Short walks at best in this house! Let’s get over this cold spell and start making her longer walks part of my own routine.
I’ve written several posts about how to get your New Year’s Resolutions into high gear:
- A Checklist for Setting SMART New Year’s Resolutions
- Victory! I Didn’t Gain an Ounce During Holiday Break and Vacation with 6 Tricks
- Are These Excuses Preventing You From Losing Weight?
- 10 Reasons Why You Should Make Fitness Your New Year’s Resolution
This article is a series of health-focused posts as I work my way back to living healthy. Join me in my quest!
What step are you going to add to your routine to make it work?