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Serious about getting active and feeling fitter and fabulous, not only for holiday but for life?

Well, whilst motivation can inspire us and give an incentive to make changes needed, it's actually habit that's going to get you to where you want to be. And more importantly, it's habit that will keep you there when you succeed.

Habits are behaviours which are performed automatically because they've been performed with frequency in the past.  Through repeating the desired action over an over, the repetition creates a mental link between the situation and the action.  And so the next time you encounter the cue, the desired response is carried out automatically without the need for any thought.

Everyone has a different and unique motivation for achieving a healthier, more active way of life, but rather than focusing on the reason, perhaps it's time to look at ways you can create the habits needed to achieve your goals. 

As a child we are taught many habits, like brushing our teeth every morning and night., or saying please and thank you when needed, or putting your socks on before your shoes! These are all simple examples of habits that we have formed and that we all do every day of our lives without even thinking about why or how we do them. Creating a fitter version of yourself is no different. It just takes a shift in daily habits to bring about long lasting behaviours that really do offer life long results.

Here's our top 3 tips for creating and maintaining new habits:

1. Try and perform the same habit/action at the same time and in the same order each day, if possible. This will create the mental link needed to trigger the correct habit when faced with a choice.

2. If you miss a day, don't give up. Just start again the next day.  This will create consistency and make it far more likely that you'll succeed in forming your new habit.  Missing one opportunity to perform the habit is unlikely to impact the outcome.  But being inconsistent with performing the new habit will greatly reduce your chances of success.

3. Be sure to get clear on which habits you want to change/create and be prepared to persevere. It can take time to break or make a new habit (research suggests 66 days) but if you keep going, eventually you'll start to perform the new habit easily and without thought, making the task feel much easier.

Written by Kate Swinson - Founder of MEvME