Habit- a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up
" You do not rise to the level of your goals, you fall to the level of your systems." ~ James Clear,
Clients ask me all the time- how can I make exercise a habit? Using these 4 laws from James Clear's Atomic Habits, you can create lasting change.
4 Laws of behavior change:
1. make it obvious
2. make it attractive
3. make it easy
4. make it satisfying
Use brushing your teeth as an example:
1. Your toothbrush is located in an obvious, frequently visited place- the bathroom counter-top.
2. Anticipating an attractive reward gets you to take action- eliminating morning breath.
3. You've developed an easy system of brushing your upper, lower, right/left, and front teeth- an easy pattern you repeat without thinking.
4. You desire a clean, fresh mouth- mint toothpaste provides a satisfying feeling.
Now lets use the 4 laws for participating in weekly Pilates classes:
1. Packing your workout clothes and yoga mat ahead of time- makes your plan obvious.
2. Anticipating how you'll feel when you leave class- less stressed, taller, stronger, more centered, and accomplished- creates an attractive reward.
3. Paying in advance for a day pass (on website), or full sessions- makes participating in class easy and convenient.
4. Taking good care of your body during class by modifying movements, breathing deeply, and stretching when called to do so- creates a personalized, satisfying experience.
Using these principles for building goal-producing habits.
Becky Widschwenter- Mindful Movement with Becky