Changing your lifestyle is simple. It might not be easy, but it really isn’t complicated – the tricky part is turning your good intentions into those first positive actions that will lead you to your goal.
Motivation is a real issue for many people when it comes to changing their lifestyle. We’re all human – we love routine, and the easiest path will always be to continue doing exactly what we usually do, even if we don’t love the results. Following the path of least resistance keeps us well within our comfort zone, which is our favourite place to be.
The 5 Second Rule
When you’re creating new routines, making that first tentative step is by far the most difficult part of your journey. It’s known as “activation energy” – the force we have to apply to ourselves to make that critical first move towards change. AT MW Fitness, we like to think of it as a rocket launching – it takes massive amounts of fuel to move it off the launchpad, but once it’s in flight, it needs much less energy – it’s already flying.
There’s a great TEDTalk by Mel Robbins which introduces the idea of the 5 Second Rule – she says, “When you have an impulse to act on a goal, you must physically move within 5 seconds or your brain will kill the idea.”
If you count backwards 5-4-3-2-1 then physically move, you turn that thought into an action, and your brain has started to build a new habit. This works so well for health, fitness and weight loss goals, and it doesn’t have to be a big action – look up the details of the Bishop’s Stortford parkrun, find a recipe for a super-juice, email a friend to meet for a walk – when something you should, could or would like to do flits across your mind, don’t file it away for later because you won’t do it – instead 5-4-3-2-1 ACT, and the first step has been taken.
And the great news is that the very first time you do something you’re not used to doing, you’ve started building a new habit and erasing old ones.
Just do it!
Very few people feel a burning desire to throw their trainers on and go for that first run. Most people don’t leap with joy at the thought of having their Rosey Lea coffee without a cake for the first time, or completing their first shaky set of push-ups – those initial changes to your normal routine will always feel hard, but it needs to feel different in order to achieve different results.
And almost immediately you feel the benefits and you’re on your way – the habit is formed, the results become apparent and progression is motivating in itself.
Once you make it down to the MW Fitness studio everything gets easier – you’ve already done the hardest part by getting in touch with us, and your motivation becomes a joint goal for your personal trainer too – we want you to succeed and will help keep you aiming towards your final goal.
But we understand how hard it is to take that first step.