If you keep choosing cheese curls over biceps curls, your home could have a lot to do with it.
“Your habits are more tied to your environment than you know,” psychologist Jeremy Dean, the author of “Making Habits, Breaking Habits,” said.
Eat enough chips on the couch, for instance, and you’ll automatically associate couch time with chip time. Our routines are so influenced by environmental cues that research shows it’s easier to change our habits in a novel setting.
“We see major shifts in behavior when people move to a new house,” Dean said. But you don’t have to relocate to start anew; you just need to become aware of the subtle cues that say “cake!” and replace them with healthy alternatives.
“The typical person makes about 200 food-related decisions a day, but she believes she makes 25 to 30. And it’s those 175 that you’re not aware of that can push you to eat more,” Brian Wansink, the director of Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab and the author of the upcoming book “Slim by Design,” said.
Here’s how to help your home help you get (or stay) slender.
From an article about the benefits of morning exercise:
“But by starting your morning with physical activity, you set the day’s pace, Bryant says. “Morning exercisers tend to stick with their exercise habit,” he says. “By doing the bulk of exercise first thing in the morning, you get your exercise in before other distractions can intrude. We can all relate to that — because once the day gets going, it’s hard to get off the treadmill called life.”
The Case for Morning Exercise
Research suggests that morning exercise improves sleep, a benefit that could also promote weight loss, Bryant tells WebMD. One study of overweight women between the ages of 50 to 75 showed that those who engaged in consistent morning exercise (about four hours a week) slept better than those who exercised less. The evening exercisers had more trouble falling asleep – even if they fit in the four hours a week.”
Ok, if you or a friend is starting ReFit 42, today is day #1. The last day will be September 23. Here’s a hint: don’t worry about Sept. 23 right now. Focus on today.
Today, make one positive change to encourage yourself to move in the right direction:
* Eat a healthy breakfast instead of heading to the local fast food drive-thru
* Pack your lunch (you’ll save money and eat better)
* Go for a walk today (I just got back from a 2.24 mile walk with the big dog)
There are a lot of positive things you to do today to begin a new you. You don’t have to do them all today.
Make one change today. Prove to yourself you can and will change. Find a notebook, and write down this one thing you are changing today. Date that entry. Read it tomorrow. Build on it tomorrow.