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Habits of longterm health start with taking charge of you! Make the first proactive steps toward developing habits of longterm health.
I’m not really a New Years Resolution type of person. I, like many people, have found myself ditching the “new year, new you” mentality by early February. A few years ago, I went through a huge change in regard to health and fitness, but it didn’t start in January. It started at 5 a.m. on a Monday in October. But it started. I started. And that’s what I want to share with you today. I believe developing healthy habits is one of the greatest things we can do for ourselves, but when it comes to longterm success, there’s no quick fix.
Habits of Longterm Health
A habit is defined as an acquired behavior that is followed until it’s almost involuntary. A couple of keywords stand out to me in that statement: acquired and almost. That shows two things — healthy habits are not necessarily something we’re born with, and we might have to work at them to make sure that they, in fact, become habits. Because there’s work required, there will also be failure, so when developing habits of longterm health (or any longterm habits), it’s ok to stumble every now and then. (Remember that last part — almost involuntary.)
Take Charge of You
So where in the world do you start when developing habits of longterm health? Whether it’s January 1, January 10, or an early Monday morning in October, sometimes you just have to start. Starting something you never have requires a shift in mindset — an “I Can” mindset. Habit #1 of Dr. Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is “Be Proactive”. That’s exactly what taking charge of you is all about — being proactive and jumping in feet first.
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Taking charge of yourself begins with taking charge of your mindset. Accept responsibility for your life and your actions, and take a step away from a reactive mindset. A reactive mindset is one that shifts blame to everyone and everything else.
Well, I gained weight because I got too busy to workout.
Well, I eat fast food all the time because I don’t know how to cook.
But, I can’t exercise at home because I don’t have any equipment and gyms are expensive.
Do those statements sound familiar? They sound familiar to me because I’ve said them all. One day, I woke up and realized that I needed to stop thinking things were happening to me and begin making things happen. While I couldn’t change everything all at once, I could change my mindset and begin making the steps toward creating longterm healthy habits.
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I signed up for a six-week bootcamp class that met at the same time four days a week. It was cost effective and had every piece of equipment this beginner needed.
I learned to make a few healthy meals with simple ingredients and decreased my soda intake.
Remember that habits are created through repetition and consistency. Each day is a new opportunity to take charge of you. Practice taking charge of your mindset and banish reactive thoughts.
“I don’t have time to workout today,” becomes, “I’m short on time, but I have 20 minutes to fit in a quick run!”
“I bought this healthy food, but I don’t know how to cook it,” becomes, “Let’s take a quick look around Pinterest for chicken breast recipes!”
I hope you enjoyed this first installment of a new series on I Am Teacher Fit. Habits of Longterm Health will be making a monthly (sometimes twice monthly) appearance on the blog. Developing habits doesn’t happen over night and sometimes the institution of one won’t take place until the mastery of another. Use the next few weeks to focus on taking charge and being proactive with your mindset and your life. I can’t wait to share the next habit with you — Make a Plan & Trust in It!
Here’s a peek into the other habits we’ll be exploring over the next few months:
- Take Charge of You
- Make a Plan & Trust in It
- SMART Goal Setting
- Improvement Over Competition
- Growth Mindset
- Giving Grace to Yourself
- Giving Grace to Others
- Synergistic Training
- Striking the Balance
- Living Your Life
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