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Importance of forming good habits and behaviours

Lacrosse, ten pin bowling, salsa dancing, mindfulness colouring books, reading all of William Shakespeare plays, cricket and writing a journal...

What do these things have in common?

They are all things that I have started with the best intention of being a big part of my life and thought I’d be an expert within a year... guess what? I can’t remember the last time I found the time to do any of them after the first 2 weeks!!

Why is it that some habits stick with us through all our lives and some habits come and go?

Here are 3 simple rules I have found to help make a habit stick and become a part of your everyday life  

Be realistic

The idea that we will be a “natural”, or we will take to a new routine like a ‘duck to water’ might be appealing to most of us when it comes to starting a new routine, but it’s really important that we don’t get weighed down with expectation that we can go from ‘zero to hero’ overnight. It’s okay to start small and work our way up... try training twice a week, then work up to that 3-4 mark.

Track your progress

It’s hard to stay motivated when we don’t see improvements isn’t it? It’s easy to give up when you don’t think you’re getting better at something or losing the weight you expected.

Tracking your progress is a simple but hugely effective way of identifying the improvements you are making that otherwise you might not be able to see. Try using our fantastic Initiation training guide for an idea on how you can track your progress with our unique workout guide.

Do it in the morning

It may sound cliché but training in the morning really is the best time to maximise your motivation levels and create a great habit.

For starters there are less excuses not to follow through with it (nobody ever invited you to a 6am dinner party right??), your mental energy levels are naturally higher as you’ve not had to go through the mental rigour of the day and you don’t have 8-10 hours to worry about what you’re going to do and find a suitable excuse to not bother. 

Overall…be patient!!

Routines take time to become a part of normal life, habits take even longer to fully form and real changes take even longer than we all would like to expect. Enjoy the journey, celebrate your successes and keep going. (I’m off to get my dancing shoes and frilly shirt back out from the bottom of the wardrobe!!)