It is said that it takes 30 days to solidify a new habit or behavior change. As I write this post, it is Monday, August 1st. It’s the beginning of the week, and the beginning of a new month. August has 31 days, so it seems like a great month to put this “30 days” theory to the test.
I am challenging all the members of our Campbell and San Jose boot camps to make a commitment to work on just one simple behavior change all month. I decided to throw to challenge out to all readers of this blog as well.
What is one small thing that you could change in your current lifestyle this month that would lead to better fitness down the road? The ideas are endless–but you instinctively know what you need to change :-).
Here are some ideas to get you thinking……
• If you’re currently sedentary, pledge to add moderate exercise to your schedule on a consistent basis two times per week this month.
• If you’re currently exercising and you’ve hit a plateau, challenge yourself to do a “different” style of exercise once each week or to consistently add in a 4th, 5th or 6th day of exercise.
• If you’re trying to lose weight and you drink alcohol or soda, decrease your intake of calorie filled drinks like blended coffee drinks, juices, or alcoholic beverages by 60% each week.
• If you’re trying to lose weight and you eat out a lot, challenge yourself to eat no more than 2 “commercial” meals each week this month.
• If you eat the same things day in and day out, challenge yourself to eat one new fruit and one new vegetable each week this month
• If you’re trying to lose weight , challenge yourself to decrease your portion sizes by 20% at dinner each night this month.
Very often, when we’re trying to lose weight or get in better shape, we go hog wild and try to change everything in our lives all at once. We over-exercise, we under-eat and we deprive ourselves. For many of us, it’s a 180 degree turn from our normal routine. An approach like this, although it may provide some immediate results, is doomed to fail because it is so foreign to our normal way of doing things. Eventually the “other shoe” drops and we revert to our normal routine.
Although results won’t come overnight, long term results are often realized by taking smaller steps toward better nutrition and fitness. I believe that long term results come from consistently applied change—not quick fix diets or overbearing workout routines that you couldn’t ever stay on for more than a few weeks. The ideas I’ve listed above are ways to work on improving your lifestyle in smaller steps. Work on just that one thing all month. That’s it! Just one thing.
Then, come September, tackle one more thing. If you practice this “30-day Challenge” with yourself each month, you could be living in a totally different body next year at this time!
Healthy, fit people practice a healthy lifestyle most of the time.
Healthy lifestyles aren’t always learned. But they can be adopted one step at a time.
Today is August 1st, 2011. What ONE thing can you do consistently this month to be healthier, fitter, happier or more energetic than you are today??
Be an action taker and commit to change! Please post here and share the 30-day challenge you will give yourself.
Committed to your success.