It's easier to stick to healthy habits if they're manageable little activities that doesn't disrupt your normal day-to-day activities. The benefits of small healthy habits adds up. People fell off the wagon easily when routines are too demanding like going to the gym.
If you incorporate micro healthy habits into your daily routine, it becomes part of your daily ritual, your lifestyle.
Having to get ready and drive to the gym (and wade through all the check-in, check-out, and equipment and space competition) can get tiresome after a while. Drastic diets like consuming food and supplements you normally don't consume to reach a goal or even weekly food preps can become unsustainable. But if you incorporate micro-healthy habits into your routine, like going for a half-hour jog coupled with a twenty-minute weight or flexibility training at home or eating healthy food always, it becomes part of your daily ritual, your lifestyle. These kind of habits will work regardless where you are, because things like jogging or weight training using your body weight doesn't require you to go to a gym, you can do it anywhere. Eating healthy requires no food-prep or buying unusual food because it's what you regularly eat. The pitfall of having a healthy lifestyle is buying into the fad and commercialism and not using common sense. If a healthy regimen — fitness, diet and mind — demands too much of your time it is likely not sustainable, and you'll abandon it after a while.
(NPR) — For most of us, sticking to healthy habits is a struggle –– even for experts who study them. A key tip for getting on track (and staying there)?
Accepting that failure is part of the process. (via @NPRLifeKit).
For most of us, sticking to a good habit is a battle of wills. But the researchers who study habit formation turn to science to help curtail their own tendency to slack off.
Researchers like her may have insight into quirky human foibles, but they're human, too. So how do they stick to good habits, like exercise, saving money or eating well?
“We might be worse at it than other people,” Milkman says. “Yes, we're better than we were before we started studying it, but we started out far worse than the average candidate.”
Wendy Wood, who studies habits and behavior as a psychology professor at the University of Southern California, replied with a pithy “LOL” when asked via email about how she applies her habits expertise to her own goals.
“My father (who was a physicist) used to comment, 'scientists who study gravity still fall down,' ” Wood wrote. “Understanding something is not the same as controlling it in your own life.”