Your Not-So-New-Year’s-Resolution Guide 

 The Fitness Fanatic

    By The Habit Society

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our ten-minute rule

Just can't do it today?

Some days are tough... Whether it's a hangover, a lack of sleep, a busy week or just a bad day, there are times that some of our habits just can't get done like they normally would. But, skipping one day makes it easier to skip the next, and the next, and the next... Instead of practicing your habit full-fledged, just do it for 10 minutes. This way, you'll never miss two days, and you won't fall into a downward spiral.

Implementation intention

Plan it, Write it, do it

Writing down when and where you will perform a habit has been scientifically proven to increase your odds of actually doing it. You can write it down like this: "I will [BEHAVIOUR] at [TIME] in [LOCATION]." For example, I will exercise for 30 minutes at 9:00am in my home gym.

Start slow

Slow & Steady wins the race

Why? We tend to rush our habits, like trying to implement an hour of exercise every day. But, that's a bit unrealistic. Don't rush the habit forming process.

But, I'm so motivated now...The moment the motivational spur runs out, the habit is dead. Instead of relying on motivation to go full force for a short period of time, start small and slow. Just focus on keeping the habit alive. The hardest part of creating a habit is implementing it into your daily life. So, make it as easy as possible to stay consistent. Only once you’ve maintained the consistency, should you increase the duration and/or intensity.

Wise words: "Slow and steady often wins because it keeps you motivated. Take on manageable challenges and you’ll get frequent signals of progress. Bite off more than you can chew and progress stalls. When you make progress, you want to keep going. When you break progress, you want to stop." - James Clear

Your environment

Make it easy

Exercising is enough work on its own, so make it as easy as possible to do. Do this by creating the most conducive environment for it. Want to do yoga in the morning? Set up your mat and choose the video you want to follow. Want to go for a run when you get home from work? Place your running gear at the door. Want to weight train tomorrow? Place your mat and equipment ready to go. That way, once it's time to workout, there won't be any other obstacles

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