Creating a routine can help you master the healthy habits you need to experience amazing success in your life.
I know, I know! ‘Routine’ sounds like a super-boring goal!
BUT the truth is that for you to create the life you dream of, you need to have a plan, you need to follow good habits, and you need to make them routine.
Taking each day as it comes might allow you to cruise along for a while but won’t give you the focused attention needed to achieve more from your time.
Habits – what are they anyway?
Habits are simply the routines you follow each day – often without knowing it. This means that even if you run a mile when you hear the word ‘routine’, you probably already have some routines you follow.
For example, you may eat breakfast every day. Or maybe not.
You probably brush your teeth twice a day (I hope – if not, this is a good place to start!).
So routine is already a part of your life.
The problem with doing this unconsciously is that it means you’ve never taken a step back and really thought about what you do each day. Which means you’re not getting the most out of your time.
Why choose healthy habits?
‘Healthy habits’ – another term that might not strike you as particularly sexy.
In fact, if you’ve ever made an effort to be ‘cool’, you’ve probably PURPOSEFULLY ditched some healthy habits along the way.
Guys, I get it!
But let’s consider what a healthy habit is. It’s a routine or regular way of doing things that helps you build the life you want.
Healthy habits help you feel the best you possibly can. Think strength, energy, vitality!
They also help you look your best. Even if you don’t choose to work out for an hour a day, simply following the recommended guidelines of 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise is enough to give you a glow.
Healthy habits are your friend, so embrace the power of automating the actions that most impact your wellbeing.
Learn more about healthy habits in The Healthy Habit Handbook.
How a new Spring routine can help
Springtime is buzzing with new life and energy, so it’s the perfect time to create a healthier new routine.
Take some time to think about your goals for the next 6 months, 12 months, 2 years and 5 years.
What kinds of actions do you need to take to set yourself on a path towards those goals?
It can help to imagine the person you want to be and list the activities and habits they have. For example, if you’ve been struggling with your weight, you might like to be a fit and healthy person 12 months from now. A person like that probably has a well-established exercise routine. They are also likely to eat healthy, nourishing meals most of the time – with an occasional treat to make life sweet!
Once you have a list of habits your future self uses, it’s time to integrate them into your life. It’s the actions you take daily that shape who you are and who you become, so to become the person you want to be, you’ll need to start acting like it!
Healthy habits to consider
When creating your Springtime healthy habit routine, it’s best to focus on the key habits that will take you towards your goal. Don’t overwhelm yourself by choosing everything at once.
Here are a few options for you to consider:
- Exercising for 30+ minutes a day at moderate intensity
- Prepping healthy lunches for your entire week on a Sunday
- Eating fruit for dessert
- Turning off your screens an hour before bed
- Getting enough sleep (7-8 hours a night)
- Making time to relax with your family
- Living according to your values
- Ensure you have a good work-life balance
- Managing your time well
Remember, while these are all healthy habits that will improve your life, you don’t need to jump into them all on Day 1. Need help choosing the right healthy habits for you? Speak to a healthy habit coach now
Healthy habit pitfalls
When people aim to create new healthy habits, the most common reason for failure is that they don’t take control of their triggers.
For example, if you currently buy a pie every time you fill the car up, this is a trigger. When you try to introduce healthier eating habits, you’ll be drawn back to the pie every time you’re in a service station.
To tackle your triggers, you either need to avoid them (a bit hard if you need fuel!) or replace them. In this case, try buying a healthier snack instead.
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