If you’ve ever read Atomic Habits by James Clear, you know that tiny changes can produce remarkable results. Off the page and in reality, the book’s lesson is that you can improve all aspects of your life, including your mental and physical health, by applying the same mindset.
As we navigate the new year and a time when many people make resolutions, the reason so many fail is that people don’t take the time to build and support personal habits around what they want to change. For instance, one of the most common new year’s resolutions is to “get in shape,” which can benefit from habits that will help you stick to consistent movement and training routines.
So, what are some of the benefits of movement and training, and what are the top tips for building habits that support both? Keep reading to learn how to develop good habits with our ultimate guide to building and supporting healthy routines!
The Benefits of Movement and Training
No matter how old you are or what you do for a living, staying active and moving around is the key to a long, healthy life. In fact, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) lists the following as some of the benefits of being physically healthy:
- Supports brain health
- Helps manage and maintain healthy weights
- Reduces the risk of disease
- Strengthens bones and muscles
- Improves overall quality of life and your ability to do everyday activities.
Of course, knowing you should remain physically active, and actually taking the time to do so are two different stories. That’s where habits enter the conversation. By making moving and training into habits, you’re more likely to stick to a physical routine that will help improve your health as a whole.
By definition, a habit is “a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.” Consistently performing an act or routine and holding yourself accountable for doing so is how habits are formed. If you’re on a quest to develop good habits for movement and training, let’s get into some of our top tips.
Top Tips for Building Movement and Training Habits
Without further ado, here are the four best ways to build movement and training habits:
#1: Keep a training room or area for at-home workouts
One thing that can help build habits is having a physical reminder of the habit. Meaning, it’s hard to walk by your exercise bike, set of dumbbells, or kettlebell, and not feel guilted into getting into motion. If you’re using a gym outside of the home to stay fit, this tip can be translated into simply putting out your workout clothes or gym bag at night, so you have the physical reminder in the morning to stick to the habit you’re building.
#2: Supplement your training with beneficial herbs
One seemingly simple habit to get into is taking a new vitamin or supplement. With a simple reminder on your smartphone, you can be reminded daily to take your beneficial herbs – that can even ignite your motivation to stick with your other healthy habits! PurePower’s collection of performance herbs is intentionally crafted to produce clean, consistent energy with a clear-headed mind for tackling tasks, or habits, too.
#3: Don’t make skipping a habit, and stick to a routine
The more you skip, the more you get into the habit of skipping your habit. Simply put, don’t skip! Keep a habit tracker checklist, or even download an app with daily movement or training reminders. Again, this is a tip that puts that physical reminder in your mind and holds you accountable for making that checkmark once you’ve trained, walked, biked, or whatever your habit may be. As an extra incentive set rewards for reaching goals for a set period of time, like a new water bottle after 1 week, new shoes after a month, etc.
#4: Enlist the help of a friend as an accountability partner
Let’s be honest, we all get by with a little help from our friends. The same goes for sticking to habits too! Enter a virtual yoga challenge with friends from a distance, or sign up for a class at a gym nearby with neighbors, coworkers, friends, or family. Knowing someone else will be depending on you to “show up” provides additional motivation for sticking to training habits, overall.
Healthy Habits: The Bottom Line
The better you get at developing personal habits and sticking to them, the better you can stick to health and wellness routines, which are key to igniting your inner fire and feeling your best 24/7. So, use these tips for strategizing the types of healthy habits that will fuel movement and training and how you can make changes to support those goals.
Of course, it always helps to tap into the power of Mother Nature to naturally enhance your ability to stay focused and on track. Look to PurePower’s collection of performance herbs to supercharge the way you live and feel.