Tuesday, 15 August 2017
Fitness Author on How to Kickstart a Habit
In his book, The Fitness Mindset, Brian explains how to create positive habits and break negative ones. The former London school teacher and fitness model takes influence from fellow author Charles Duhigg’s system of habits. He refers to the ‘routine - cue – reward’ system, which claims you can effectively change a habit by changing one of the components of this system.
Brian said: “For me, the routine of coming home from work was always going to be the same, so I changed the cue. Instead of automatically reaching for chocolate bars in the cupboard, I left a pre-packed gym bag beside the front door. I would come home (routine), pick up my gym bag (new cue) and the (reward) came via the serotonin release from exercise.”
Brian believes that becoming self-aware of your negative behaviour, patterns and habits isn’t always easy. He said: “It is essential to recognise which habits are supporting you and which ones are destructive to your life. Reading books, using podcasts and following the right people on social media is crucial to change as they can ‘point’ things out in a way that you have missed or failed to see.
“Deep-rooted habits are more difficult to change but it’s the small things every day that allow you to change these habits. By taking the right steps consistently, you could be rid of them forever.”
Aristotle wrote: “We are what we repeatedly do.” Brian maintains that with enough practice and repetition any behaviour, good or bad becomes automatic over time.
To make the right automatic choice, Brian said: “The key is educating yourself what are good choices for your body and mind and to create healthy habits accordingly. Over time your choices will become automatic.
“For example, if you eat healthily, those food choices become automatic and sticking to a good nutritional plan becomes habit. Finding or creating a plan that includes your preferences – food you enjoy and that works with your lifestyle and schedule becomes the way you eat and not a diet you are following.”
Brian’s advice is to reflect on how deeply your habits are rooted and then put a plan in place to create new positives ones.
Published by Rethink Press, The Fitness Mindset can be viewed on Amazon.
Brian Keane Fitness Website: https://briankeanefitness.com/
Brian Keane Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/briankeanefitness