You are your best investment. At some point your health will become a priority. Let it be because you chose to invest in your health proactively rather than dealing the ramifications of choosing not to for too long. The toughest part is getting started, taking that first step, building (or breaking) a habit.
Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement. The slow pace of transformation makes it easy for a bad habit to continue and difficult to stay consistent with a good one. Building identity-based habits in the present allows us to do more of what we want in the future.
The thought process of “I’m the type of person who wants this” vs. “I’m the type of person who is this.” For example, the goal is not to lose 40 pounds. The goal is to become the type of person who doesn’t miss workouts. The more you organize your habits around an identity more than an outcome, the more you see value in just sticking with it, even if it’s a small thing.
Decide the person you want to be. Prove it to yourself with small wins. Let our small but significant actions each day line up with who we want to be when we reach the finish line of our lives.
A Physical Therapist's Guide to a Better Day:
- Eat consistent, real food at consistent times
- Work harder, smarter, and not always longer
- Lift something heavy, get out of breath and have fun with your fitness
- Limit phone interaction to intentional interactions
- Take 10,000 daily steps
- Drink 2/3 of your body weight in ounces of water
Want to learn more? Not sure where to start? Looking for someone to hold you accountable? Contact your Renew Physiotherapist for a complimentary screening with a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy at any Renew Wellness location! Our team will create a comprehensive treatment program to help build better systems to set you up for successful outcomes of your health and wellness goals.