Bad habits are hard to break. Anyone who has ever tried to diet or start a new fitness regimen can attest to that.
But there are reasons why it’s so difficult, and there may be more bad habits connected to undesirable patterns that just the patterns themselves.
For example, eating junk food is a bad habit, as is not encouraging exercise in our kids, but changing bad habits involves a little more than just simple willpower.
In this post, we’re going to evaluate 5 reasons to reevaluate your habits before starting a new fitness regimen.
1. It must be realistic
In order for you to add a new healthy habit to your daily routine, you need to be able to make time for it. And if you want it to succeed, this time exchange must be realistic.
Here’s an example: You’re swapping TV time in order to work out.
If watching TV is the only thing you look forward to in your day, this swap probably isn’t going to work. If you’re going to feel like you’re really missing out on watching new episodes of all your shows, you’re going to have a bad day (or a string of bad days) and fall off the exercise bandwagon in favor of watching another episode of The Marvelous Mrs. Mazel.
Be realistic about where and how you fit this new habit into your day or it’s going to be doomed before you begin.
2. You may have “trigger habits”
Let’s say you plan to exercise as soon as you get home from work every day. This is a great plan that works well for many people, but before you can be successful, take a hard look at your current habits. What are you currently doing as soon as you come home from work?
Maybe you take the dog out, and then immediately sit down with a glass of wine and check your social media profiles. Before you can add the new habit of exercising, you must break a bad habit of wine and social media. And since both things are addicting, breaking that habit can be extremely difficult.
3. Nutrition is important too
You can start a new fitness regimen without changing your diet, but it may be counterintuitive to your overall goals. For example, if one of your goals is to look great in a bathing suit, exercise alone isn’t going to get you there.
You also may need to up your carb or protein intake if you’re planning to do any intense workouts. So, it’s important to look at your nutritional habits before you start a fitness regimen.
4. You’ll know where to start
When you start a new fitness regimen, you’re going to want to take stock in your current level of physical ability. So, if you aren’t working out currently, it’s probably too ambitious to start any sort of rigorous program. It’s probably unrealistic to think you’re going to be ready for a marathon in a month if you haven’t run a day in your life.
5. You can set yourself up for success
As we’ve seen from the other reasons on this list, there are many areas of your life that can derail your efforts to follow through on a fitness regimen. And it can be difficult to break bad habits. But if you evaluate your current habits, you’ll have a greater chance of success.