Break that habit!
Mmm, bad for you, habit is….
Whether your habit is literally bad for your health, like smoking, or just irritating, like biting your nails or cracking your knuckles, unlearning a behavior that may be semi-conscious in the first place is difficult. Even those who have broken a biological dependency can struggle with situational triggers, sometimes even years later. Recognize that habits form for a reason — provide some sort of comfort or benefit — and that just telling yourself to stop isn’t realistic.
That makes identifying your specific triggers the key to defeating the habit:
Once you understand the triggers better, you can start to change the triggers themselves (Usually smoke after a cup of coffee? Try swapping tea for java.) and/or replace the offending habit with a new response (Habitually clear your throat? Put a long, slow, quiet exhale in its place.)
Other ways to help yourself include:
Where did 2015 go? Hopefully, it's been a collection of good times, good friends and a fitter YOU! No matter your fitness right now, though, you can always use a few extras in your toolbox. Or, maybe you're in the process of transforming yourself, and looking for concrete steps to help you reach your goals. We'd like to offer you 30 tips (and a bonus) to assist as we launch ourselves into 2016: