I hear it all the time.
“I’m going to start working out 3 times a week.” “No more desserts or chips – I’m back on my diet.” “I’m going to be on time for every meeting!”
These kinds of declarations usually last a week or two and then are abandoned for old habits. Then the excuses start.
But instead of making bold statements with huge changes that are quickly left forgotten, I have found it’s healthier to start small. No absolutes like “every” or “none.”
Building healthy habits doesn’t happen overnight, so it’s important to ease into it. That way you get used to the new action and can build on it – one small step at a time.
I run every day, but have needed to add weight training into my routine to strengthen my upper body and core. I struggle with an entire weight training day, and each week I told myself I’d get to the gym, there were reasons I ended up just running instead. Then I decided to add one weight exercise each day after my run – I have hand weights at home, so I started doing arms one day, then back, then shoulders. Just a few sets after I finish running, so it doesn’t even take long.
Guess what? It is working. I’ve been doing that for a couple of months now, and it’s become a habit, and while it isn’t the same as an entire intense weight workout in the gym, I am feeling stronger, and best of all – I’m sticking with it.
How can you avoid the excuses by adding one thing at a time?