What’s the hardest part of getting fit?
This is the eighth question that I’m answering this month of the 24 most commonly asked questions Mark and I receive.
The Short Answer
Developing healthy habits.
You already know that you should sleep more, eat whole foods, and exercise daily. But you’re not consistent. Neither is the rest of the world.
And that’s because developing and maintaining healthy habits are hard.
3 Ways to Form Better Habits
Habits make up 40% of your decisions and behavior every day — which can be a daunting percentage if you have some bad habits.
James Clear, author of Atomic Habits, keeps a regular blog on this topic. Below I hyperlinked three of his articles on how to form better habits. I hope you not only read them, but apply them toward your fitness.
- How to Build a New Habit: This is Your Strategy Guide. 5 easy and powerful strategies for changing habits.
- The 3 R’s of Habit Change: How To Start New Habits That Actually Stick. Every habit you have — good or bad — follows the same 3–step pattern: Reminder, routine, and reward. This helpful framework can make it easier to stick to new habits.
- Identity-Based Habits: How to Actually Stick to Your Goals This Year. Most of the time we set our goals in the wrong way. By making our habits identity-based, you can achieve your goals easier.
Consistency. Consistency. Consistency.
How many times have you read this from me now? Consistency is the key to health.
And nothing helps establish consistency more than your habits.
Develop and maintain the good ones.