Six Strategies to Lifelong Fitness Pt. 3: One Step At A Time
Just like in football, you don't get into the end zone on your first down unless it's by some miracle. When it comes to fitness, there are little steps to take you on that journey to your health's own touchdown and now that you've figured out why you're even doing this, and you've made your goals, John Holley's third part of this overall strategy to lifelong fitness is taking things one step at a time. Read on: Now you know why you will accomplish your big, health goals and it’s time to train for the marathon, become a vegan and learn Spanish for your volunteer trip to Guatemala. The only problem is you haven’t run since high school, you don’t know an artichoke from an aardvark and you can’t even find Univision on your cable package. You have a lot to do and want to do it right now!
The truth is, change takes time and only happens one step at a time.
Research confirms our brains can only handle one task at a time. Multitask all you want, but you are only focused on one of the myriad of things in front of you.
The same is true for changes in your health habits. Your mental energy is finite and every decision you make depletes it. This is especially true if you are exerting “willpower” toward a new endeavor or one in which you’ve failed in the past. The key to successful change is giving yourself permission to master one change at a time, even if it takes weeks, months or a lifetime.