General Salutation on this Tuesday everyone, hope everyone out there has managed the first few weeks of 2022 quite well. As we all know, the new year tends to get people thinking of ways to improve themselves and don’t worry I’m not here to bash that idea, I promise.
I think something we can start to look at when it comes to our new year improvement ideas, is habit based as opposed to motivation based, and that’s not really a new thing either. What I hope we can shift towards (or away from) is that any new habit in the morning that you establish with this calendar turning chaos, is a good one. We all know most people from the fitness industry (or worse “influencers”) are going to be about doing stretching, 10 pushups, going for a 10 minute run, or meditating. None of those are bad mind you, I’m of the idea that any new habit you establish to improve yourself is a good one.
The reason I believe this is because, let’s face it, so many out there are not operating with a ton of good habits to begin with. They have habits, but they are likely less conducive to longevity, health or a rewarding existence. Too, when someone has established a single beneficial habit; reading, making themselves breakfast, writing down things for the day, throwing away all their goop products, so on, you can then stack another beneficial habit on top of that one (thank you BJ Fogg). For myself as a trainer and coach, I’m figuring at some point one of those stacked habits is going to be something fitness or physical health related, double thumps up for that when it happens. When that happens, we'll work on refining it, but I'm good with anything that benefits the individual these days.
So, if you’ve got a new habit that you’ve started to add to your morning routine, I’m here to say, if it’s not fitness related, but beneficial to your life, good on you and keep that shit going! Hopefully that'll help keep some that are feeling like they're on a good track, on said good track. With that, this is where I leave you and wish everyone a great week, thanks for your time!
Jarrod Dyke, CSCS