The Health Continuum
Starting a journey to become healthier isn’t win or lose, succeed or fail. It’s a continuum that you’re constantly moving forward on. The goal is to become a healthier you over time.
The habits you have now weren’t developed over night, so don’t get frustrated when you meet a little resistance on your journey to a healthier lifestyle. It’s something you’ll have to work at and be consistent with.
I think, meeting resistance is a good thing. It means you’re trying. It means you’re doing something that is worth accomplishing (nothing great ever came easy). It means you’re doing something that, once accomplished, will result in a more confident you.
Acknowledge the resistance when it’s happening and take a second to think about why its happening and what is truly important to you in this task.
If you haven’t started your journey yet, because you’re afraid of the resistance, know that there is nothing on the other side of that resistance except health, confidence, and a happier you.
If you haven’t started yet, start.
The person walking for 10 mins a day is lapping the person sitting on the couch, as they say. Start somewhere, anywhere. Just start. Start with trying to become 1% better every day.
“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”
Strive to get 1% better every day. If you consistently strive for a little bit better, your choices will compound (think, savings $, but for your health). You don’t need to drastically change everything at once, that’s typically not realistic or sustainable.
How to be 1% better every day.
A fresh mindset.
Think, what’s just a little bit better?
Picture yourself on a continuum from unhealthy to healthy.
With the continuum in mind, think to yourself “what is a little bit better that I could do to move forward on the continuum?” How can I move one or two notches closer to the goal of being more healthy.
Now, choose one of your daily habits and place it somewhere on that continuum. As an example, we’ll say ordering a double double every morning on your way to work.
If your habit is the daily double double, move forward on the continuum by choosing a regular (single, single) coffee from now on, or, if you want to jump a couple notches, ditch the sugar in your coffee completely.
Choose one habit, starting today, or tomorrow. Think “what’s just a little bit better?” and commit to being consistent with that one habit.
Two weeks later and you’re still successfully ordering a regular coffee as opposed to your double double, pick a new habit to tackle, or better yet, start ordering your coffees black.
Here’s a health continuum drawn by my 2 year old niece….just kidding, I did this (need some penmanship classes)
- Think about the things you eat and/or drink throughout the day
- (if you goal is fat loss) is there a lower calorie, or zero calorie alternative?
- If there is, write it down and commit to this new habit, or message me on Facebook to keep you accountable.
- A lot of people just aren’t moving enough throughout the day, think about your daily routine and how you can add an extra 5 minutes of activity here and there. If you can find 4-5 opportunities throughout the day that’s an extra 20-25 mins of movement every day! That adds up.
- Examples: taking the stairs up and down at work, or at the mall, or your apartment building, basically anytime you have the option, choose the stairs
- Another example: stop searching for the closest parking spot. Realistically, parking lots aren’t all that big. Walk the extra 30-60 seconds in and reap the benefits of Farmer Walking your purchases the extra 30-60 seconds on the way out.
Here’s my article on why you should walk for fat loss.
Start looking for small ways to move yourself increasingly closer to your end goal. Choose the low-hanging fruit, choose habits you can immediately implement. Over time these health investments will add up and you’ll notice a healthier and happier you.
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