When it comes to healthy habits, there is no end to the suggestions, opinions, and examples of what you can start incorporating into your life to make you a better, healthier person. The internet is basically filled to the brim with what it thinks are THE BEST habits for you to adopt. And it's honestly overwhelming. So, rather than contributing another list of habits for you to try and take on, we're taking a different path. Instead of overloading you with a bunch of habits, we're highlighting the five ways that have helped us pick and keep the good habits that are helping us live our best lives. Here are goodMRKT's 5 GOOD ways to Build Healthy Habits.
1. PLAN YOUR HABIT
As with anything important in life, this step is key. Planning helps pull things out of the vague I-guess-I'd-maybe-like-to-think-about-possibly-trying-this mindset and creates something concrete you can interact with. When you start planning your new habits, imagine the future. What do you want it to look like? What do you what to be doing? Use that vision to frame the habits you want to instill in your life. Start small and be specific. There's no quicker path to giving up than trying to do everything all at once. Once you have a habit picked out, write it down and put it somewhere will you see it every day.
BONUS TIP: Pick habits you like. Sure, it sounds obvious, but the truth is, if you don't want to run, you are going to keep resisting the habit. Find a habit you know you want to do and let the success of instilling that habit fuel your future changes.
2. CHANGE THINGS UP
This one means a lot of different things. But for us, it means a few things in particular. The first is your environment. Where you are makes a huge impression on the way you feel and act. Being in a place that positively impacts you can make all the difference. This doesn't mean something as grandiose as moving to a new city, though. Small changes to your workspace, to the routes you travel for work, to items you have around you can help make creating new habits easier.
Second, change the way you're dedicating your time. If ever want to get around to writing that book or running that marathon, sitting around watching tv and scrolling through social media, isn't going to help you do it! Pay attention to how you're spending your time and use the time you have to do the things you actually want to do.
And the third is a change to lifestyle. If you're currently living a life that doesn't coincide with the healthy habit you want to instill, it's time for a change. Sometimes that means doing things a little differently like not having ice cream in the house or keeping your running shoes next to the bed in the morning. But sometimes that means doing those different things with new people. This brings us to our third tip...
3. FIND YOUR SUPPORT
The people you choose to surround yourself with have an incredible impact on who you are as a person. They say you are an average of the five people you spend the most time with and if you're the only one who is trying to pick up a healthy eating habit, that's going to make things tough. On the other hand, if you have the right people around you, telling them what your goal is and how you want to achieve it gives you an invaluable support system that can help you make that change. Being around positive people who support and encourage you is one of the best ways to build those healthy habits
4. TRACK YOUR PROGRESS
There's always one tip that you don't want to do, but you know will always make things better, isn't there? For us, it's tracking. Even thinking about tracking what we ate, how far we ran, what we spent, makes us feel exhausted. So, our workaround for escaping exhaustion has been a single sentence accountability tool: did I (fill in the desired habit) today? We know what the habit is and this simplified checklist is not only easy to keep track of but it also helps reduce the added mental fatigue of starting and tracking a new habit. If all it takes is, "Did I walk 10 mins today? Yes." to feel like we are making progress, we are much more encouraged to keep going.
BONUS TIP: Never miss two days in a row! If you miss one day that's fine! We're all human. But if you miss two days, it quickly becomes three, then four, then a week, then we're back to square one AND we have the added weight of feeling bad that we failed. So take it from us. Never miss two days in a row!
5. REWARD WHAT YOU DO
This step has been the North Star for keeping our healthy habits on track. For most of us, the reward is what keeps us going when it starts getting really tough. This should go without saying but we'll do it anyway: make the reward something in line with the habit you're trying to build, okay? No cupcakes for a week of clean eating. No day-long TV binge for two days of running. Those kinds of rewards usually only make it harder in the long run. Find a reward that makes you feel great for what you accomplished and keeps you inspired to keep going for more!
BONUS TIP: Be patient and stay positive. These things take time and you're doing great!
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