Start small. Make small changes.
New Year’s resolutions are difficult to maintain. Gym rats always say that January is the suckiest month to be in the gym. All of the newbies with resolutions clog the gym arteries with their good intentions. February 1st, they can breathe again because everyone has given up.
Its getting close to February 1st, have you given up on your health goal?
Any habit, based on scientific studies, takes 2 weeks to create. During the first two weeks, its a choice. After two weeks, it has become a habit.
So start small. Replace one soda a day with water. Replace one crappy snack with an apple. Take a ten minute brain break and walk outside, or even stroll around your building. Meditate for 2 minutes a day. Set reminders so that it is just a thing you do and your brain doesn’t have to spend any brain power to remember. Set yourself up for success instead of letting yourself fail.
I get ideas from a blog I read from a site called Nerd Fitness. Steve Kamb, the creator of the site and the Nerd Fitness “Rebellion” is an inspiration for all people and nerds around the world. He took the leap from every day life and has created this site for those folks who are starting their health journey from in front of a computer or from the couch. He models the site like a video game, leveling up your life, like characters, one level at a time. In fact, he just published his first book called Level Up Your Life!
In Steve’s Blog The Power of Habit, he says:
A habit is built with three parts: a cue, a routine, and a reward.
Its an old blog, but that doesn’t change the truth of the words. Check out THE BLOG if you’re interested.