Develop A New Healthy Habit This Summer

Good health isn’t about eating one nutritious meal or doing one push-up. It’s about consistently doing things that make you healthy by creating healthy habits. Everyone has at least one area of their life they could change to become healthier. Change can be overwhelming, but making one change at a time makes it easier. If you are a member of VIP Fitness in Fort Lee, NJ, you will have a head start.

Habits aren’t bad, they make life easier.

If you’re learning something new, you probably constantly repeat the steps in your head as you do them because they aren’t yet a habit. Imagine what it would be like if you had to do that with everything in your life. You’d have to remind yourself what to do next every minute. Habits put your body is on autopilot. Habits aren’t all beneficial. Mindlessly eating the last few bites before you clean the casserole dish is a habit that adds calories.

It takes time to develop a new habit.

You can make this summer the start of a new healthier lifestyle. Having a plan of action helps, but you can do it by changing just one thing. Do you need to exercise? Does your diet need some attention? Start small and work toward a bigger goal or find one goal and give it your all. The key is consistency. Some habits are easier to form, while others take longer. People used to think new habits only took 21 days to develop, but it all depends on the person and habit they’re forming. The average time is approximately 66 days, so you’ll have a new healthier habit by the end of summer.

Find what works for you.

Some people dive into the waters of change and immerse themselves in it. Others poke their toe in first and slowly enter. No matter what your goal is, you can approach it two ways. You can change everything at once or take it in steps. If exercise is the habit you want, you can start with a program with a trainer or by slowly increasing your activity, walking an additional 30 minutes a day and building from there.

  • Creating a habit requires consistency and dedication. If regular exercise is your goal, put it on your calendar as an appointment that’s as important as a doctor’s or dentist’s appointment.
  • If you don’t have time to exercise 30 to 45 minutes at one time, you can break the workout into two or three shorter sessions throughout the day. Just do them at the same time each day.
  • Trade a bad habit for a good one. If you want to give up smoking, start working out. It can help relieve some of the stress from quitting and is a much healthier option. Doing a set of burpees every time you want a cigarette can diminish your urge quickly.
  • You have to identify the new healthy habit you want and how you’re going to achieve it. Having an action plan can help you stick with your program. It eliminates wondering what to do next.

For more information, contact us today at VIP Fitness Center

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