we all have our habits. humans are, after all, creatures of habit. we find comfort in knowing what to expect. some habits, like flossing or never missing a workout, are a boon to our intrinsic need to better ourselves. others, like turning to our main men ben + jerry after a bad date, are just plain destructive. here are 5 habits we challenge you to break like NOW:
[stop negative self-talk]
odds are, you are your own worst critic, by far. for some reason, it’s instinctively easier for many of us to believe bad things about ourselves, rather than good. and while a little humility can be great thing, people who trash themselves on a regular basis are much more likely to be depressed and stressed to the max.
start this habit: never say anything about yourself that you wouldn’t say to your best friend. journal what you're grateful for daily + show your bod a little love for all the amazing things it can do. created for this exact purpose, our fitspiration journal has space for both, along with inspirational quotes, fit tips + plenty of space to write yourself a daily love letter.
[stop skipping water]
water makes up 60% of our bodies, so adequate hydration is definitely key for keeping all your systems a go, from your ticker to your digestive tract and beyond. your kidneys can’t do their job detoxing your body, joints aren’t properly lubed, energy plummets, focus tanks, and you’ll be missing out on that clear complexion you strive for if you don’t get enough of the clear stuff. still, despite the best intentions, too many of us (our chief fitlosopher included) fall short on daily h2o consumption. why? the excuses run the gamut, from being too busy to disliking the taste of plain water. the reality remains, however, that you should be getting in at least 64 ounces of water per day, or half your body-weight in ounces (160 lbs = 80 oz of water/day).
start this habit: use our fitfuser water bottle to infuse your h20 with inspired fruit + herb combos, such as pineapple + cilantro, or blackberry + basil to add instant pizzazz to your agua. you’ll be much more likely to knock back every last ounce if you love the taste! tip: track water intake as a visual reminder.
[stop sitting on your bum]
couch potatoes beware: studies have shown that people who spend long periods of time sitting are at greater risk for being overweight, obese, having type 2 diabetes or developing cancer. excessive sitting supposedly slows down your metabolism, affecting your ability to regulate blood sugar and blood pressure, as well as burn fat.
start this habit: we’re realistic - we know that desk jobs require a lot of sitting, but even giving yourself a couple minutes to get up and walk around every half-hour or so will do the trick. bonus: invest in a simple pedometer to keep track of your steps + try to hit 10k steps each day. also, make sure you’re getting in your recommended 150 minutes of exercise each week. we’re partial to these moves, sweatin’ it out on our cushy new fitmats. tip: add a recurring appointment on your phone mid-day as a reminder to get up and move for at least 20 minutes!
[stop eating your emotions]
let’s be honest, we’ve all done some stress eating in our lives. there are many reasons we eat that have nothing to do with actual hunger - happiness, sadness, boredom, anxiety. you name it, we find a way to use it as an excuse to eat. sometimes, we don’t even realize we’re doing it. often, we use food as a reward for a job well done, or as comfort when life gets tough.
start this habit: gain awareness, both physically + emotionally. start paying attention to how certain foods are making you feel physically. this is precisely why we put smiley (and frowny) faces in the food-log section of each and every fitbook and fitspiration journal - to help you recognize patterns and practice mindfulness with your eating habits and food choices. start thinking about other ways to reward yourself that aren’t food. maybe it’s a hot bath at the end of a long work day, or splurging on that new gym bag you’ve been eyeing. disassociate food from emotion, and learn to face your problems head-on. check out our 3-day kickstart e-book for more tips + tricks to avoid emotional eating.
[stop giving up on your goals]
most people have ditched their new year’s resolutions three weeks in. the truth is, goal-getting takes practice. if you simply say, “i’d like to lose 30 pounds”, without giving yourself a deadline or any plan of action, chances are you’ll lose interest or become discouraged and quit. this is why we don't do resolutions - we set goals.
start this habit: break your goals up into smaller increments, then assign reasonable deadlines to each action item using our goal-getter grid. then, use fitbook21 for daily coaching on how to create healthy habits + ditch the not-so-healthy ones in just 21 days!
which one of the above habits are you looking to STOP? commit to it by commenting. any good habits you’d like to start? let us know in the comments below!