FORGET NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS – HERE IS HOW TO CREATE HEALTHY HABITS THAT LAST
Research suggests that 23% of New Years Resolution fail by the end of the first (!) week. Almost half quit by the end of January, with a further 40% failing by the end of the third month. This leaves us with a mere 10% of New Years resolutions that make it past March! Of these, only a fraction surpass the 6-months mark, and very few people actually manage to establish a long lasting new habit.
New Year's resolutions often fail because they encourage a goal-oriented rather than a process-oriented approach. Where the former adopts a narrow focus in pursuit of achieving a single goal, the latter looks at developing a healthy set of habits to arrive at the goal—and perhaps even surpass it. Establishing healthy habits has a positive long-term impact on your physical and mental health. By establishing systems and routines, you can achieve your long-term fitness goals, create a positive mindset, reduce stress and enhance your mental well-being and resilience.
What to do?
The following steps are important to establishing healthy habits that last.
1. Small incremental goals: Small changes can lead to remarkable results. Tiny actions accumulate over time to create significant desired outcomes.
2. Habit Stacking: Attaching new habits to existing ones, it makes it easier to integrate them into daily routines. By leveraging existing habits, you can create powerful cascades of positive behaviours.
3. Identity-based Habits: True behaviour change occurs when it is aligned with your identity. By shaping your self-image and identifying as the type of person who embodies your desired habits, you can foster lasting change.
4. The 2-Minute Rule: It is best to start new habits with actions that take only two minutes to complete. Additionally, by lowering any barriers to enter your desired habit, it becomes easier to initiate and sustain positive behaviours.
5. Environment Design: It is important to create an environment that supports desired habits and eliminates triggers for negative ones. Modifying the physical and social surroundings can significantly impact desired behaviour.
6. Continuous Improvement: Progress is achieved through consistent, small improvements rather than sudden transformations. By focusing on getting just a little better each day, significant long-term growth can be attained.
Where to start?
In our Habits Change Programme, you will be provided with practical strategies for building good habits, breaking bad ones, and making positive changes in your life.
It is a uniquely designed fitness programme that works your Body and Mind: full body workouts with integrated habit coaching - all in one session. The sessions are powerful Sport-Science-based programmes to tone your whole body, whilst giving you bite-sized practical knowledge based on Psychology - to apply directly to your life and enable you to live your full potential.
Available as Online Programme or as part of our regular Bootcamp sessions – next programme starts 8th Jan 2024.
You can book your Online Habits Programme here and your Habits Bootcamp Programme here.