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Creating New Fitness Habits

There are many areas of my life I’m pretty happy with, and I feel I’ve got a fairly decent handle on. Fitness is not one of them. I hate to work out, it’s the thing that is the easiest to push to the bottom of the priorities list, and I almost always do.

However, I would really like to be a role model for my daughter, who models that exercise and movement is part of daily life. I want it to be part of our family life, and just part of who we are. For this to happen I think I’m going to have to create some fitness habits.

I have a tendency to set HUGE goals that last for maybe a week. They get so overwhelming and unsustainable that I just give up. So I’m not going to do that this time. This time I’m going to set 3 small goals… and I’m going to attempt to do them for the next 21 days.

It’s been said that it takes 21 days to create a habit, so that’s what I’m going to shoot for my first goal… 21 days. I’ve got a handy dandy little tool that’s going to help me keep myself on track. It’s called habitforge.com… and I only found out about it last week during my interview with Diana Orgain.

It’s so simple, but I can see how it will be very effective. I set my goals at the site, then each day it sends me a simple email at the end of the day, asking one simple question.

Did you do thing A?

YES or NO?

I have to answer yes, or no. If yes, YAY!! I get credit for that day. If I say no (BOO!) it starts my 21 days all over and I start from the beginning again.

Like I said, simple tool, but I believe it will be enough motivation, and accountability to keep me on track to at least make it through 21 days so a couple simple things become habit.

So what am I going to set for my goals?

1. Move my body for 15 minutes a day.

2. Stretch my body for 10 minutes a day.

3. Drink at least 64 oz of water a day.

Like I said, I’m keeping it simple and small. I do think that these are perfect building blocks to help create small habits that can be built on as time goes on.

What about you? Could you benefit from creating some small fitness habits? I’d love to hear where you’re at, and maybe we can help one another stick with it this time. 😀

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