Consistency is the key element. You need to be consistent to ingrain a new habit. That may be a good habit or bad. You didn’t become a couch potato by sitting on the couch once or twice, it took a consistent pattern over the long haul to get you there. Likewise, going to the gym a handful of times at the beginning of the New Year isn’t going to transform you the way you’d hoped. It will take a consistent pattern, and sorry to burst your quick fix bubble here, but it’s going to have to be a lifetime habit.
So, here’s 3 quick tips to ensure you stick with your habit:
- Choose a physical activity you will actually enjoy! If the gym isn’t for you and you hate going, don’t go! You won’t stick with it and it will deflate your mental wellbeing doing something you hate or hating yourself for missing your workouts because you hate them. Choose an activity that suits you. Once that is consistent you might find that an extra gym day or two added on might become palatable and add more value to the other activity you like. They will feed each other and you’re on your way!
- Choose one new thing. Don’t overwhelm yourself by thinking you need to do everything at once. You can’t, so you won’t be able to maintain it for the length of time needed for it to become a habit.
- Make Space. Many people start a new thing in an already cluttered life without actually making space to fit it in. It’s sort jammed in because you think you have to. This additional pressure is unhealthy and makes your life harder, not easier. If you’re going to start something new, you’re going to need to make space for that thing and take something else away. Think of it as purging a crowded closet. Creating this space makes everything visible so that new thing doesn’t get lost in the shuffle. You see it every time you look in the closet, so you’ll use it.