Changing habits is hard. I taught group fitness classes every day for 10 years. My “workout” for my job was at least 90 minutes per day. With that level of activity, if I wanted to lose a little weight, I only had to tweak my diet to see big results.
So I set myself a goal to workout more. Unfortunately it wasn’t a specific goal, just “work out more”. Without specifying how much or how often, I couldn’t make a realistic, attainable plan. And you can imagine, the results were nonexistent
So here’s what I did to make my goals attainable:
Create A Long Term Goal
Be simple but specific. In 6 months, what do your results look like? “In 6 months I will be working out 60 minutes per day, 7 days per week”
Create a Short Term Goals.
To increase the chances for success, you need to gradually progress to your long term goal. Start creating a 4 week plan. This gives you time to adjust to your real life changes.
Assess your current behaviors related to your goal.
Take a look at your current habits relating to this goal. I had to look at how much I was currently working out each week.
“I’m currently working out 30 minutes 1x per week”
Don’t go “0-60”!
Make progress in small increments, not big leaps. You want the new habits to stick so try increasing your activity by 1 or 2 times per week.
You will create confidence and enjoyment by making each small step toward your goal attainable, accomplish-able! The more confident you feel, the more you will be able to do.
“I will do two 30 minute workouts per week for the next 4 weeks”.
Life Live Moving mobile App’s Goal Tracker to keep track of your progress. Research shows self-monitoring increases your chances for success. You can also then see where you succeeded and what you need to work on!
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