In a recent blog I shared perspective about momentum in shifting health habits. I got so much positive feedback in the form of "yeah, I can relate," that a 'part two' seemed a natural follow-up. (Click here for the original blog post if you missed it: https://bit.ly/2v6fGqV)
Habits with long-term impacts on our health (but not immediate consequences) such soda drinking or being an 'active' person but not intentionally exercising can be especially challenging for us to shift when we don't clearly see the risks involved in our choices. The common habit of not eating enough fiber (i.e. veggies, fruit, whole grains) is one that 97 percent of Americans mostly unknowingly fall into and can have myriad detrimental health implications over time.
The thing is, our bodies are remarkably resilient, but generally only to a point.
If we aren't good care takers of our physical selves, where are we going to live?
What I see that's so empowering about habit shifts in the clients I partner with is this:
All habits, no matter how ingrained, can be broken down and replaced with new, more health-promoting ones. When you focus on what you want to create, there's a shift that happens as you start building new neural pathways. You begin slowly and a positive momentum starts taking hold.That positive traction feeds upon itself. There's a sort of upward spiraling that happens. And when that occurs, especially when it's with a cornerstone habit such as exercise, it can have profound and positively radiating impacts in other areas of your life:Your food preferences can begin to shift, A sense of calmness can come into your life that makes you more productive at work and improves your personal relationships as well. You begin to sleep more restfully. And life brightens.
Like a single match that can light a full pack and then morph into a glowing bonfire, a single positive shift has the potential to profoundly change one's life.
To your good health!
Certified Whole Health Coach
Weight Management Specialist
Personal Fitness Trainer
PS If you're struggling to build positive momentum with your health habits, consider exploring a whole health coaching partnership. You get accountability and one-on-one personalized support for reaching your goals. Reply to schedule your no-obligation, free 30-minute phone consultation with me, Coach Gayle.
PPS Want more inspiration? Watch this powerful one-minute video about being a more intentional caretaker of your health: https://bit.ly/1URi5cw