5 Ways to Cultivate a New Habit

10665478_505966316206485_1633729244_nYou’ve decided it’s time to break that old habit and cultivate a new one. The idea of a better version of yourself has you inspired to act, and ready to do it now! What do you no longer accept of yourself? What do you demand of yourself to be better? Whether it’s going to bed earlier, meditating, getting a sweat on every day, or giving your diet an overhaul, these 5 tricks will have you chasing down your goals and living the life you’ve imagined.

 1. Start Small. Take a close look at what it is you want to achieve and all the potential steps to get there. What is the first and simplest of those steps? Now that is where you will start! So if your goal is to go for a run every day. The simplest step will be to put on your running shoes and head out that door. And once your shoes are on and you’re outside, well you might as well run! Break you habit into the simplest version of itself and start there.

2. Plan Ahead. Examine your schedule and make time for you. Sure, once your shoes are on, going for the run becomes a straightforward task, but have you carved out the time for this to happen? Examine your day with a fine toothed comb, and just like you wouldn’t cancel on that meeting with your boss, or brunch with the girls, time to form your habit must be non negotiable too!

3. Set a Reminder. This behaviour is new, which means it might not always be on the top of your mind. So consider leaving yourself some loving and gentle reminders throughout the day to help you make the right decisions. If your goal is to drink more water, then have a reusable water bottle ready to be filled at your desk. Want to sit less at work? Try setting a phone alarm to remind you to get up and move. What to think happier thoughts? Why not change you phone background to someone you love, family or friend, whoever brings a smile to your face and heart. Setting up a visual reminder takes the thinking out of your goal making it much easier to remember.

4. Be Accountable. Let everyone you know aware about this awesome new habit you are forming. You’ll be working hard to make these changes; the moral support will help you to keep at it and push through. Share your habit on social media, give daily updates which people will expect, and let everyone know that you’ve got this!

5. Reward Yourself! It’s important to celebrate your successes no matter the size.  Every time you remember your habit consider a little verbal “way to go!” After one week of success, how about an extra long bubble bath. One month, maybe a picnic in the park. Rewards don’t need to cost money, but they do need to make you feel good. Give yourself some praise and enjoy every success.

Talk to us about your habits. . .

What good habits have you developed recently? What helped you form them? What motivated you throughout the process? Are there any habits you would still like to develop?

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HGardner2An athlete most of her life, Heather is passionate for expressive and enjoyable movement to promote healthy, active living and building community. As a yoga instructor, marathon runner, and indoor cycling coach, Heather has nearly two decades of experience in group and personal fitness. Heather can be seen as the resident fitness expert on CHCH Morning Live, in coaching videos with Canadian Running Magazine, and in the pages of Best Health Magazine as Canada’s top fitness blogger. As the creator of Tribe Fitness, Heather is dedicated to the development of community and connectedness through informed and fun fitness experiences.

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