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5 Hacks to Effortlessly Build Healthy Habits in 2019 | Nerd Fitness
At some point in the past week (or five minutes ago after a Google search), you've made a resolution to change your life: I'm going to exercise every day! I'm going to start flossing! I'm going to start eating better! I'm going to quit smoking! I'm going to stop wearing jorts!

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Struggling To Build Healthy Habits

  • We tend to bite off more than we can chew, go too fast too soon, and then get overwhelmed too quickly.
  • We’re conditioned these days to expect and receive instant gratification.

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Your “Big Why”

As you’re determining the habits or resolutions you’re trying to set, make the habit part of a bigger cause that’s worth the struggle.

You’re not just going to the gym, you’re build...

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Healthy Habit Building 101

There are 3 parts to a good or bad habit: Cue (what triggers the action), Routine (the action itself), Reward (the posi...

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Recognize the triggers

Whether you’re breaking a bad habit or starting a new one, begin by recognizing the cue that triggers the habit. Once you recognize or pick the cue, you can start working on fixing the...

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Use Systems

First, stop relying on willpower and motivation. Both are finite and fickle resources that will abandon you when you need them most.

Use systems and outside forces to make th...

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Make the Reward Momentum Building

Create rewards that reward you back! DON’T reward your routine (running!) with an unhealthy reward (cake!). That’s “one step forward, two steps back.” 

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Effortless Healthy Habit building

  1. Find a friend or group of friends to build the habits with you.
  2. Cultivate discipline with consequences: Every time I skip ______________ this month, I will pay $50 to my wife...

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Ready to Build a Healthy Habit

Do less. Do way less. Keep your goals SMALL and simple. Only build one habit at a time.

Want to start exercising more? For that first week, ONLY go for a walk for just...

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When planning on building new habits, one easy way to integrate them into your everyday routine is by actually adding them to an already existing habit. 

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A step at a time

Once you have made up your mind about taking on a new habit, you might as well start getting used to it. Just remember that we have, as humans, the tendency to work better without pressure and when taking one step at a time. 

Therefore, start by creating small habits and get used to them and you will see how easy it is to build long-lasting routines that will make your life easier.

Practice makes perfect

When having taken the decision to introduce in your routine a new habit, it is very important to remember that practice makes perfect. Consequently, wait no more and start doing even if just a bit every day. You will eventually succeed in adding a new habit while feeling proud of yourself for being consistent.

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Building habits

Our habits have the power to enable us, most of the time, to live a more organized life. However, we might find it quite challenging when it comes to establishing new habits, as they require...

Set measurable targets as habits

When trying to build new habits, be specific by thinking about ways to measure the evolution of your action: set clear targets that can help you, when the deadline previously decided on approaches, to evaluate your progress.

The pros and cons of building new habits

When picking up a new habit, think it well through: take into account the possible inconveniences as well as the most attractive advantages. 

Remember that sometimes it might get harder to keep to the habit, but eventually, you are doing it for a good cause that is related directly to yourself.

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Willpower is like a muscle

Just like going to the gym and building up strength, the more you train your willpower by accomplishing tasks on a consistent basis

Self-Discipline - a series of healthy habits

Long term change is better served by building better habits, than by forcing your willpower. 

You will choose the apple over the cake for a number of times ... and then give up. Building a habit to start the day by going to the gym will work better.

Habits = “automatic” responses...

 ...to familiar environmental cues. 

They form when you engage in a behavior repeatedly in the presence of consistent stimuli.

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