Even for those who go to boot camp, bad habits are hard to break and good habits are generally ignored. Fortunately, there is a way to use a good habit to replace several old ones. Trading one life improving good habit for many of your old sounds good, now, doesn’t it?
Balancing Life With Exercise
Experts agree that the most effective way we as humans can change bad habits is to replace or override them with a good habit. In fact, without replacing a bad habit with a good one, a void is left where bad habits tend to creep back in.
Exercise with a boot camp is the ideal replacement for many bad habits because it not only acts as its own reward system but it also takes the emphasis away from more harmful habits. The time you spend exercising takes time and attention away from bad habits and by default decreases them without consciously trying; let’s take a look at a few examples:
- By scheduling time for exercise with a trainer, you are making a priority of you. This gives you time to reflect and de-stress as you improve overall health and ultimately self-image.
- Exercise naturally helps control blood chemicals and hormones, which results in better mood and appetite control, along with lending numerous health benefits.
- The time spent exercising is time that is not spent overindulging in food, sitting and being inactive, or taking part in a harmful bad habit like smoking. (Incidentally, studies have shown that just five minutes of exercise can decrease cravings and nicotine withdrawal symptoms).
- Regular exercise requires self-discipline; self-discipline in anything generalizes and translates into increased self-discipline in another.
- Exercise works as a refocusing agent; rather than dwell on your yearning to fall back into that bad habit, you become distracted by your exercise efforts.
- Exercise is both its own reward and an effort worth rewarding. Humans thrive on rewards and positive reinforcement, so the rewards of exercise and the subsequent allowable rewards further promote the demise of bad habits.
- Exercise makes you feel better all around. Very simply, when you feel better you are more prepared to face difficult tasks (like breaking bad habits).
As mentioned, bad habits do not break easily; enlisting the support of friends and professionals, and pairing that with regular sessions at a gym can be of great help. The environment at boot camp is social (if you want it to be) and active. The atmosphere of like-minded success, particularly when paired with the attention and support of a personal trainer and/or exercise buddy, increases your chances of keeping the exercise habit and using it as a healthy, effective alternative to the bad habits you’ve longed to replace. And when it comes to a task as paramount as staying motivated to break bad habits, you can always use all the help you can get.
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