It takes anywhere from 21 to 40 times to turn a new behavior into a persistent habit. In other words, you’re not going to change what you’re doing overnight. When trying to create a change in your overall health, consistency is the key, but may take some time.
Most of us have the best intentions to exercise, choose the right foods, and make better health decisions. But life happens and it’s hardly easy to maintain the regularity you so desire. Mornings can be slammed getting kids ready for school and yourself ready for work, and by the end of the day you barely have the energy to drag yourself to the dinner table, let alone workout. Before you know it, your good intentioned health plan is in trouble and your prospects for “sticking to it” are quickly fading.
Fear not. With few simple concepts and a little inspiration from Joseph Pilates you can succeed. First, hold yourself accountable to your new habit. Don’t fall in the trap of instant gratification. Trying something three times and saying it didn’t work is not the answer. For example the founder and visionary of the Pilates method, Joseph Pilates states in his book Return To Life Through Contrology,
“In 10 sessions, you will feel the difference. In 20, you will see the difference. And in 30, you’ll have a whole new you!”
This concept can be applied to anything. If you choose to try a new activity like yoga or a new way of eating, challenge yourself to make it happen 30 times. Don’t pressure yourself that you need to do all 30 session instantly or daily, that will only lead to burn out. Slowly build the habit one week at a time adding more as it gets easier. Overtime you will see the change and will be pleasantly surprised with the results.
“Patience and persistence are vital qualities in the ultimate successful accomplishment of any worthwhile endeavor,” said Pilates.
At Align Pilates Center we strongly believe your health and quality of life is a worthwhile endeavor. Take one small step at a time, be consistent and we are sure you will be successful in finding a new, healthy, happier you.
If you want to get in shape, better your life, or just need help with finding the best Pilates and yoga experience, connect with Nicole or Cara by calling (949) 481-3577, stop by the studio at 31896 Plaza Drive, Suite E-6 in San Juan Capistrano or visit www.alignpilatescenter.com