If you want to achieve better health for yourself, you’ve got to achieve new habits.
“If you always do what you’ve always done, you always get what you’ve always gotten.” Jessie Potter (not Henry Ford or Tony Robbins)
It’s obvious, isn’t it? Unless you’re willing to change your daily health program, you won’t see any improvement in your health. You do want to improve your health in some way …don’t you? Yet, creating a new habit can be challenging. I get it!
So when Victoria suggested a new exercise routine to add to our already jam-packed program, I was a little hesitant. I had to do the research, and it became clear that what she was suggesting:
ø could indeed be very beneficial to us both,
ø could be worked into our schedule without dropping anything important,
ø could become a permanent habit.
Victoria simply suggested that we start using our stairs several times each day for the cardiovascular, muscle tone and bone density benefits. Turns out, the benefits are huge.
Our new habit consists of climbing our 17 stair steps three times in quick secession (takes less than 2.5 minutes), three times each day. We’ve been doing this for about two weeks and feeling really good about it.
We found this article, Maintaining Healthy Habits-In Five Simple Steps very helpful in establishing our new habit. Hope you do too.
But, this exercise is not for everyone. “While stair climbing offers a variety of health benefits, the vigorous activity may be unsafe for people with heart conditions, as well as for those with knee, hip or ankle problems. Discuss stair climbing with your doctor in advance of any activity and lower your risk for injury by using the railing for balance. Use extreme caution when traveling downward, as your knees and ankles are subjected to stress that equals at least six times your normal body weight.” Carter Hays
Consistency is the key to success. I didn’t realize until I read George Campbell and Jim Packard’s newest book, The Consistency Chain, what an essential, vital role consistency plays in achieving any worthwhile goal. Without consistency as a part of our game plan, we just can’t achieve the success we want …and we certainly can’t establish a new habit.
I’d love to hear about your new habit.😍