How to make your new changes a habit

I am on a journey. Professionally as a coach and as an athlete. I have a full time career teaching secondary school children, a father of two wonderful children both under 4. I am also a very lucky husband who has an amazing and supporting wife. Yet somehow I find the time to accumulate enough training stimulus to make progress in my competitive pursuits.

I wanted to share with you some ideas that may help you on your journey. Yes I have a very understanding wife and family members but even then I still need to find ‘extra’ time.

Anybody who is thinking of taking up a ‘healthy active lifestyle’ or in the pursuit of change, the first thing they may say is “I don’t have the time”.

I am going to let you know how I do this…

It’s through the ‘cumulative effect’. I make something a routine, a habit if you wish. Be it ‘eating habits’, improving mobility, technique, or simply getting into the gym at 6am to train, a time when most people are still at home in bed!

It’s about consistency. Nothing magical.

It’s about making a positive approach to your new pursuit. Not a grand gesture that cannot be maintained. It’s about starting something, and then by cumulating time pursuing this new ‘habit’ to try and turn it into a daily ritual.

An example; I needed to improve my mobility in my hips, specifically what is referred to as the ‘bottom of the squat’ position. So after doing some research, I found that by performing a ‘paleo squat’ for an extended period, this may help my cause. So now, 2-3 times a day I get myself into this position and ‘hang-out’… mobilising and moving my hips.

How do I find the time to perform this daily habit?

How often do you clean your teeth? I clean mine 2-3 times a day. So this is what I do, whilst cleaning my teeth. It now feels weird not to hang out in the paleo squat position whilst cleaning my teeth. Those that I have trained with also know how I improved my wall squat but that’s for another time!

It is then over time when you look back and see how far you have come that you’ll see how much you have improved, changed and progressed along your journey.

This small article is hopefully the first of a new ‘habit’, starting small just a few paragraphs at first, to set the ‘ball’ rolling in the pursuit of a cumulative effect.

Inspired by: Barbell Shrugged Podcast and Chris Moore (The ‘Barbell Buddha’).