Active Seniors

Thinking about starting a new good habit?

We have got a few tips to help you get started!

Why have you picked this habit?

Typically habits which are meaningful are easier to stick to. While it might be possible to complete certain tasks if they don’t have meaning to you then you’re unlikely to persist with them. Ask yourself why it is that you have chosen this particular habit and remember the answer when you don’t feel like complete information the associated task. For example you might like to go for a 15 minute walk every day to improve your cardiovascular and mental health. This is a great reason compared to wanting to go for a walk everyday because you feel like you have to.

Be prepared and make it easy

If you have to go out of your way to get something done it is less likely to become a habit as motivation is not consistent. If you can make things as easy as possible and prepare in advance then tasks appear easier to complete. For example if you’re trying to drink more water you might fill up a bottle the night before and leave it in the fridge so the next morning it is cold and ready for you to drink without any other thought. Having the water in a bottle means you don’t have to calculate how much water you are drinking or constantly be refilling a glass throughout the day.

Complete with other habits you have already established

Say that you are trying to practice balance exercises everyday but you find that you forget quite often. Pair the balance exercises with another habit you complete daily, for example brushing my your teeth. Then every time you brush your teeth you have a reminder to complete your balance exercises.
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