You begin your health journey and you are all gung-ho! You are ready to create healthy habits that will get you to your health goals. Getting started on this new adventure was something you were ready for. Ready for the big changes!
You started on your journey and gradually over time, you created some healthy habits you are really beginning to enjoy. Some healthier food choices you are feeling good about. Adding some exercise into your weekly routines. As time has gone on though, you find yourself bored with having the same breakfast everyday. In the beginning, you really enjoyed going to the gym and working on the elliptical for awhile. Now you find you really are having to push yourself to go to the gym. Your enthusiasm is wearing off. So what do you do now?
Can You Become Bored With Habits?
Yes, you can. The author, James Clear writes in his phenomenal book, “Atomic Habits”.
The greatest threat to success is not failure but boredom. We get bored with habits because they stop delighting us. The outcome becomes expected. And as our habits become ordinary, we start derailing our progress to seek novelty
Whether we really want to accept it or not, the path to what we want is not an easy one. We will have good days and we will have bad days. Our ultimate success will depend on how willing we are to weather the bad days. If we want to have the energy to play with our kids instead of watching from the sidelines, we need to push past the boredom. If drinking that last bottle of water for the day just before we go to bed will continue our plan to keep our body hydrated, then we will fulfill our habits. Do we seek “novelty” and choose the banana split over the fresh fruit bowl on a whim? Our habits we have worked so hard to build up, will start crumbling down around us.
Is There Any Solution To Boredom?
Not to worry. Variety is the spice of life they say! You can change things up and yet still be keeping your healthy habit ritual going. Here are some ideas to change up your healthy habit routines to other healthy activities to reduce boredom and spice up your life!
Change Up Your Exercise Routine
The key is to try and keep your change on exercise somewhat on the same level of intensity. If you are doing circuit machines at the gym, try changing up to weights for a change of pace. Do you enjoy walking for exercise? Try going a different route for the change of scenery. Are you growing a bit bored from spin class? Try a zumba class instead. Having a few different types of exercise that you enjoy doing and, rotating them can keep your exercise routine fresh.
Bored With Food? Try Something New!
This is a big one. This one has made me fall off the wagon more than once. Having a variety in your meal rotation, is very beneficial. Expand your horizons! Try some new recipes. Never had rutabaga? Try new foods and expand your taste buds that way. Add fresh herbs and spices to your cooking. This will give you an unexpected twist on the taste of your foods. Best of all, it is 0 calories! Remember when you are changing up foods, think of changing up something with equal value. Don’t substitute your fresh garden salad for a hamburger and fries. Think about substituting some healthy soup for the salad.
Do Something Different
A big part of boredom is just thinking about it–and then EATING! Many of us eat when we are bored and we don’t tend to grab carrot or celery sticks in this instance. Potato chips, peanuts, chocolate. You know the drill. Find ways to fill in the boredom. Go for a drive. Start reading that new novel you’ve been dying to get into. Get involved in a favorite hobby. Diverting your attention is key.
Use Temptation Bundling
When you have a habit you want to hang on to, it can help to dangle a temptation in front of it to get yourself to do the habit. If you find walking rather boring, listening to a favorite podcast while walking will likely pass the time away without you realizing it. If you aren’t crazy about green salad, but you love strawberries, you can combine them. I’ve written an article, “How To Create Healthy Habits (When They Don’t Start Out That Way)” which talks more about temptation bundling. Check it out!
Keep Your Eye On The Prize
The truth about weight loss is that we have a lot of tools at our disposal to help us along our journey. The Noom Weight Loss Program has tools that help us with understanding and modifying our behavior when it comes to food, teaches us what healthy eating looks like, and helps us to make exercise a part of our journey to improve our health. Despite these amazing tools, the “buck stops with ourselves”. We are the most important part of the picture here and the one who makes the ultimate decisions on our health journey. Being knowledgeable is the first step and putting the plan into action is the second. Through thick and thin, it’s up to us.
After years of weight issues, I have finally found the formula of combining healthy food choices, regular exercise and positive behavior change to lose weight for good. Coupled with, exploring self-development, being productive and living simply, I am now maintaining a healthy lifestyle and in a good place. I enjoy writing articles to help my readers to become the best they can be!