Habit formation is the process by which a behavior, through regular repetition, becomes habitual. Every habit has three components: (1) A Trigger for an automatic behavior to start. (2) A Routine, the behavior itself. 3) A Reward how our, brain learns to remember this pattern for the future.

The worse habit many have as we age is being sedentary.  Sedentary is defined as a period of inactivity for more than two hours at a time. According to a study by the Harvard School of Public Health older adults spend nearly two-thirds of their awake time—nearly ten hours—sitting.

7 Steps to a new HABIT: Just Move!

    • Make a decision. Decide that you’re going to begin acting in a specific way 100 percent of the time.  I will increase my movement through the day.”
    • Never allow an exception. Set an alarm is necessary to move for 10-15 minutes.
    • Gather support from others, call a friend or neighbor to join in a neighborhood walk.
    • Visualize yourself, being able to increase a little every day.
    • Create an affirmation. “I am no longer sedentary”.
    • Resolve to persist, just DO even if, just ‘cuz!
    • Reward yourself, treat yourself .

 Do a “life check “ TODAY and get a MOVING HABIT, stick with it to reap the rewards of a healthier you.

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