Welcome to Spring!
We may look at January 1st as a good place to set intentions and make changes in our lives. But what about hitting the reset button for Spring?
Research evidence points to highlighting specific calendar events like Springtime as a way to increase your likelihood for wanting to make change.
Make sense, doesn't it?
New beginnings. New life about to sprout. Washing away the dirt and grime of winter (I’m talking about my dirty street!) and making a clean start.
Why not start anew with your physical activity routine now?
So why not now?
And when thinking of change, it can be helpful to give yourself a framework. It isn't an all or nothing process!
Connecting to the Stages of Change, we can set ourselves up for success. There are five different levels that we can be bouncing around in with any behaviour - from flossing your teeth to having your plate half full of a variety of fruits and veggies to making a daily walking routine.
Here is a quick infographic to help you decide what Stage of Change you are currently in for your physical activity.
We normally fluctuate through these stages (hence the arrow moving up and down on the left hand side) and sometimes we make the behaviour stick and it become a habit (maintenance). Think about your life and what behaviour is now in the maintenance stage.
My most recent behaviour change has been with using mouth wash. Something I never use to do but now I can say, "I have been rinsing with a mouth wash twice a day, although not loving the after taste, for the past 6 months."
Now thinking of a Spring reset, why not do a physical activity check in? Maybe your stretching routine is in the maintenance stage but your walking routine is in the precontemplation stage. Are you ready to make a change from one "step" to another? 😂
Let me know how I can help! Reply to this email with your physical activity of choice, what stage you are in and where you want to take it!
Stay well and happy moving,
P.S., If you want help formulating your walking routine this Spring, sign up for my FREE online course! Mandy says, "Wow Lisa! What a comprehensive walking resource. It is very informative and well explained. A resource like this was long overdue.”
P.S., If you want to learn more about resets, check out the latest Freakonomics podcast, that I enjoyed listening to this week. Although not solely about physical activity, it is a timely listen for us as we see many changes ahead.
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