Updated: Mar 14, 2020
Wish you could be more active with your kids? Well good news it’s possible and it starts with creating new habits with your family!
Habit Change We’ve recently been reading the book Atomic Habits by James Clear. Clear is a leading expert in habit formation and draws upon compelling research on behavior change. He says that one of the most important aspects of changing habits is to identify who is the person you want to become. It's even more important than the habits themselves. Because in order to change your habits, you have to change your identity and beliefs. Once you decide *who* the person is you want to become, you can work backwards to find habits that develop that sense of self. Your identity emerges from your habits.
Habits and Goals It's a virtuous loop - your identity shapes your habits and then you become your habits. Habits take time to build up over time though, so you need patience to see the results. Clear even goes so far as to say you shouldn't focus on setting goals, but instead focus on designing systems. Systems help you continually improve and don't set ceilings on what is possible.
New Habits We highly recommend the book and if you’re looking to start some new healthy habits this new year, let us help! All you have to do is take the first step. Below are a few ideas you can try out:
* Play tag at home with your kids instead of sitting on the couch and watching TV
* Ride bikes with your kids before dinner to get some Vitamin D and some exercise in
* Play hide and seek with flashlights in the house before bedtime (though be careful with stairs and obstacles on the ground!)
* Cook atleast one dinner a week with your kids helping out. You'll be surprised at what they'll eat if they are part of making it!
You can always check out our upcoming classes to get a workout for you and your kids!