Taking the first step to make changes in our life, create new habits or step out of our comfort zone can be daunting. For #microsteppinginmay I asked Peta Gillian from Strong Healthy Women to share her tips on taking that first step plus she shares her Bathroom Workout and an invitation to her free 7 day Healthy Habits Reset.
Taking the first step to Reset Your Healthy Habits with these 4 easy tips
As I look around the room at Strong Healthy Women I see uniqueness. I don’t see mothers, daughters, grandmothers, partners, career women – I simply see a woman who I am so blessed to help on her journey to better health and fitness.
Every so often I am reminded that they are all those things and more. They share a family photo, achievement or a little more about their life. I have such a brief amount of time with them, but what an amazing time it is.
When we’re together I see someone going deeper in a squat or a pushup, lifting a heavier weight, stepping out of their comfort zone or stretching further. This reminds me of that famous quote
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” Lao Tzu
Each and every one of these women started somewhere, they didn’t know one another, they simply knew it was time to take that first step to their healthiest, fittest life.
Was it daunting? For sure it was.
And… sometimes life will get on top of you and take you in another direction and it’s a struggle to take that first step to get started again.
And… sometimes the “reasons not to” (time and motivation) will get the better of you.
When you take that first step, it has a snowball effect into other areas of your life. You might start with movement – walking each day and before you know it the walk has increased in time and difficulty.
- Your first step is to not to overthink what you’ll do or where you want to go. Just start!
- Be consistent with your first change and master it until it’s a daily habit for you. Remember this – you learnt how to drive a car through lessons and consistency and your new healthy habit will require the same approach.
- Make sure it is not complex or difficult, otherwise it will be easy to give up.
- One of my favourite ways to include a new habit is to piggy-back it onto something that you are already doing.
Here’s is a great example of that. The Bathroom Workout!!!
Each time you go to the bathroom you add squats into your bathroom visit. Start with 10 repetitions, before you know it, you’ll be at 100 squats for the day depending on the number of times you go to the bathroom.
Use momentum to add in push ups on the vanity. Remember don’t do these on cupboards that are not secure. We don’t want any accidents.
But… it’s easy to forget how far you’ve come. So, write down your achievements and celebrate your successes.
Get Micro-Stepping with me!
Join me as I share 7 Days of Information, Hints and Tips to get your Healthy Habit Reset starting Monday 13 May 2019. Each day you’ll get an email with a CheatSheet and I’ll be LIVE in our Facebook group – Women Over 50 Get Active & Healthy explaining each day’s healthy habit. Pick the one that’s easiest for you right now and get micro-stepping.