Member of the Fitness Blastoff family and Personal Trainer, Iesha Jackson, speaks on the matter of how you can change your old habits into newer ones that will help improve your lifestyle. Check out her five steps to making new habits below.
1. Decide what you want to change and tell your people
The best way to make new habits that will have a positive effect on you, is to know EXACTLY what existing habits you want and need to change. To do this you should:
decide what habits you’re unhappy with
understand what habits have a negative impact on your life and daily functioning. What habits are holding you back from being your best?
recognise if the impact it has on you are physical, mental or emotional
understand what changes you need to make to break unhealthy habits
Once you have made your decision, make a commitment to keep to them 100% of the time. Tell your friends and family, it’s amazing how much more disciplined we become when we know others are aware of our goals. These are your first steps.
2. Keep it simple and make small changes one-step at a time
If you have a variety of habits to break, list them individually and sort them in order from easiest to hardest. Be HONEST with yourself about all your habits. The only person you’re hindering if you’re not, is you.
Work your way through them, taking one at a time. Think about each habit in detail. Think about why this has become a habit and what small change you will make to change or replace it with a new and better habit. Try not to overload yourself and take it a step at a time.
3. Write down your barriers to achieving habit
Understanding the things that hold you back from achieving something is the best way to achieve it. Once you have identified your barriers you can spend time finding ways around them.
We all know the things that hinder us most of the time but it’s all about being honest with ourselves and identifying them.
What is holding you back and preventing you from achieving a better habit? Write your barriers underneath the relevant habit.
4. Write down your motivations for wanting to achieve the habit
Why are you doing this? What is it that drove you to make this change? Reminding ourselves of WHY is a big part of keeping up with our goals and developing new habits.
Motivations are what drive our everyday actions and behaviours. Our motivations are why we go to work every day or attend a class every week. Money, family, friends. There are so many extrinsic and intrinsic motivators. Can you identify yours?
Think about how it will benefit you. Make a list of both and see what it is that makes you want to make these changes. Keep reminding yourself!
5. Participate in a 21-day challenge
According to various sources, it takes 21 days (3 weeks) to form a habit.
3 weeks may not sound like a great amount of time, but you can still create some pretty badass habits! Simple habits that can improve your quality of life, such as going to bed earlier, exercising every morning, listening to positive affirmations before you start your day, planning your days/ weeks in advance or even waking up earlier.
With practice and repetition, you can develop these new habits in 2-3 weeks. When you incorporate a program alongside this, you will have additional motivation and accountability for developing your habits. Who doesn’t need a good kick up the bum to make sure they stay focused!
The 21 Day Habit Changer
If you’re looking to change up your habits and fitness, then look no further than the Iesha Lucci 21 Day Habit Changer. It focuses on developing new habits while helping you to make gradual changes to your lifestyle. It teaches you how to create a sustainable lifestyle that does not restrict you or make you feel bad for enjoying the foods you love.
The Habit Changer includes a 21-day fitness plan, meal suggestions, Personal Training vouchers and habit guidance.
For more information on signing up to the 21 Day Habit Changer, head over to @ieshalucci_xo and check out her posts and stories for updates.
You can also find out more about her habit changer at our next pop-up party [Dance Cardio Blast] on Saturday 5 January 2019.