Our life revolves around habits, good ones and bad. Good habits allow us to achieve our goals in an effective and efficient manner. Bad habits prevent us from accomplishing our goals, making our lives more difficult. 

Habits are powerful, therefore forming strong fitness habits takes time and effort. But, if you’re willing to put in the work, creating a positive habit will change your life for the better every time.

What Is A Habit

At its core, a habit is a series of events that are ingrained into your routine. Going to the gym every morning is a habit. Brushing your teeth before you go to bed is a habit. Even eating late night snacks can turn into a habit if you do it long enough. 

James Clear, a New York Times bestselling author, describes a habit as 4 steps: cue, craving, response, and reward. 

“In summary, the cue triggers a craving, which motivates a response, which provides a reward, which satisfies the craving and, ultimately, becomes associated with the cue. “

Creating Fitness Habits

This is a fitness blog, so we’re going to keep this about fitness. Let’s say you want to make a habit of going to the gym in the mornings. When forming strong fitness habits, you’ll want to map out the 4 steps of the habit so you can get started on your goal.

For the morning workout example, your cue is easy: Waking up in the morning. Your craving should come from your fitness goals, which you can learn about here. An example of a craving would be you want to lose 20 pounds in 6 months. Your response should now be to get out of bed, do your pre-workout routine, then hit the gym for a workout or your group class for a session. Finally, your craving is satisfied by working out in the morning which is your final reward.

Are you ready to create a strong fitness habit? Let’s get started:

What fitness habit are you trying to create?

What is your cue?

What is your craving?

What is your response?

What is your reward?

Start Easy and Scale 

You know what a habit is and how it works. Now, it’s time for the hardest part: getting started. 

The best way to start forming a habit is to make it so simple that not doing it doesn’t make sense. If you want to start working out every day, start by doing 15 push ups at the same time every day. After a week, you’ll have done over 100 push ups and have started your way to a great fitness habit. If you think you can do more than that, pick a group class or day you can gym and make sure to go every week at the same time. 

From there, move to working out on more than one day until your habit best reflects what your goals are. 

Looking for a great habit to start? Working out at Omni Fight Club will help achieve your fitness goals and will land you in an amazing community of supportive people who want to see you succeed with creating your habits. Get started with a free workout today!