Changing habits may not always be easy, but it can be done. Experts tell us it takes at least 21 days to change a habit. But we think we can change almost overnight. We have to start with small steps, not giant leaps. Small changes are easier than big changes, and can add up over time. Start small, master a behavior and establish the habit, then gradually add more.
Instead of trying to change too many things at once, think small. Here are some ideas-pick one change at a time.
For healthier eating: Try a new fruit, vegetable, or whole-grain food each week. Have a glass of low-fat milk with a meal. Pack snacks such as fruit, cut-up vegetables, or low-fat popcorn to carry with you. Substitute water in place of one soft drink per day. Start eating breakfast if you don’t already.
For physical activity: Add in a five minute walk to your lunch or break. Practice planned inefficiency-park farther away from the door or make extra trips to the copy machine. Walk up one flight of stairs and down two instead of using the elevator. Stand or walk while you are on the phone. Do some stretches while sitting at your desk.
Try these and other small steps and you will be on your way to new habits.