Should we focus on drastic change or consistent habits? Drastic Change Doesn’t Work in other areas of our lives, why do we continue to try and do DRASTIC.
When you see someone with your ideal body, you might find yourself asking them What supplements are you taking? How often do you train? What do you eat? How much do you lift? How fast can you run a mile?
Then you try and match them.
dictionary › drastic 1 : acting rapidly or violently a drastic purgative. 2 : extreme in effect or action : severe drastic measures made drastic changes.
Let’s compare that approach to how we go about learning other skills.
If you want to get better at soccer and meet Lionel Messi, you will ask him questions but:
- Contact his trainer to get trained by him.
- Buy all the gear he has.
- Take on his diet and eating regimen.
- Start practicing as often as he does.
- Quit if you can’t perform like him.
You would start with the basics.
- Sign up for a rec team or find a coach.
- Buy a ball and practice dribbling.
- Schedule time during the week to practice.
- Grow and continue to improve upon what you have built.
Stop being drastic.
You Can Have It All
Instead of doing what you’ve done in the past (that hasn’t worked because well, we’re still not where we want to be), try simple.
Like we talked about in our series, How to Be the Healthiest You, we asked you to focus on small intentional habits to make a lasting change.
We can take small habits and turn them into big changes!
Practice Adding in Consistent Habits over Drastic Changes
In the beginning of making a change, it is normal to feel stress, anxiety and resist. That stress is amplified when we try to make drastic changes that take us too far out of our comfort zone.
This can lead to roadblocks and giving up before you have seen progress. This is why the changes we make in the beginning should be very small.
We ask people what area(s) of their health they would like to work with us on first: Fitness, Nutrition, Stress, Sleep, Mindset.
After that, besides the work we do with you in the gym, we help you add in habit(s) at home that will help you reach your goals.
The habits have to be small, low stress and feel attainable.
- Fill up a water bottle and keep it with you all day.
- Cut up some veggies and / or fruits to have with you every day for a quick go to snack.
- Do 20 squats in between each Netflix episode.
- Stretch for 5 minutes a day.
- Walk for 15 minutes a day.
Add in a habit that is more than you did yesterday or more than you did last week. That is progress.
Start small. Celebrate Success. Repeat.
Come meet with us and we can help you with small changes that are doable and will get you closer to your goals.
Tomorrow’s blog in this series will be a tough read, prepare yourself.
You know your “IT“, you know your “WHY”, you also know to start with one easy habit at a time but there is one more thing getting in the way of your success.