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Changing Your Habits for Better Health
Are you thinking about being more active? Have you been trying to cut back on less healthy foods? Are you starting to eat better and move more but having a hard time sticking with these changes?


Are you thinking about being more active? Have you been trying to cut back on less healthy foods? Are you starting to eat better and move more but having a hard time sticking with these changes?

Old habits die hard. Changing your habits is a process that involves several stages. Sometimes it takes a while before changes become new habits. And, you may face roadblocks along the way.

Adopting new, healthier habits may protect you from serious health problems like obesity  and diabetes. New habits, like healthy eating and regular physical activity, may also help you manage your weight and have more energy. After a while, if you stick with these changes, they may become part of your daily routine.

New habits may help you look better and have more energy.

Contemplation: Are you thinking of making changes?

Making the leap from thinking about change to taking action can be hard and may take time. Asking yourself about the pros (benefits) and cons (things that get in the way) of changing your habits may be helpful. How would life be better if you made some changes?

Think about how the benefits of healthy eating or regular physical activity might relate to your overall health. For example, suppose your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is a bit high and you have a parent, brother, or sister who has type 2 diabetes. This means you also may develop type 2 diabetes. You may find that it is easier to be physically active and eat healthy knowing that it may help control blood glucose and protect you from a serious disease.

 You will also find tips to help you improve your eating, physical activity habits, and overall health.

Look at the lists of pros and cons below. Find the items you believe are true for you. Think about factors that are important to you.


Preparation: Have you made up your mind?

Once you have made up your mind to change your habits, make a plan and set goals for taking action. Here are some ideas for making your plan:

-learn more about healthy eating  and food portions
-learn more about being physically active
Make lists of
-healthy foods that you like or may need to eat more of—or more often
-foods you love that you may need to eat less often
-things you could do to be more physically active
-fun activities you like and could do more often, such as dancing

After making your plan, start setting goals for putting your plan into action. Start with small changes. For example, “I’m going to walk for 10 minutes, three times a week.” What is the one step you can take right away? If you are looking for guidance in changing your habits, The Bridges Sports Centre can help you with your exercise and nutritious goals. Call us today at 858-759-6075! 
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