What Moves You?
Welcome to Session 1 of JOOL’s Deep Dive Into Activity. Let’s jump right in.
Which of these statements sounds more like you?
“I should workout because it will help improve my health.”
“I workout because exercise makes me feel good.”
The first is a logical reason, while the second one’s more of an emotional take. Research by exercise guru Michelle Segar PhD shows how the emotional path is what really helps make habits stick long term. Telling yourself you should exercise may get you out there for a few jaunts around the neighborhood, but having a powerful, meaningful “why” that comes from within -- and is focused on immediate returns -- is incredibly important when you’re looking to become more active and stay that way.
To learn more about uncovering your “why,” watch today’s video with JOOL Health’s Medical Advisor, Agatha Radberger, M.D.
Those Bumpy First 3 Weeks
When people commit to making a significant lifestyle change, they’re usually super motivated at the time they make that initial commitment. Often times this decision is driven by some event like unexpectedly gaining 10 lbs., or it’s New Year's Day, or beach season’s right around the corner. The thing is, it’s easy to feel highly motivated when you’re painting a mental picture of what’s to come (“...then I’ll get up at 5:00AM four days a week…”); living that dream is quite another thing. Now here’s the good news.
1) Change takes time, so don’t get frustrated if you don’t see change happen right away. On average it take 66 days to create a new habit, so enjoy the journey and the small incremental changes rather than focusing on achieving your goal right away. By focusing on your activity, you’ll see changes in your endurance, energy, and body shape, making it easier and easier to stick with your committed lifestyle change.
2) Research has shown that making mistakes once or twice doesn’t set you back substantially. This is good because this means you have the golden opportunity to learn from your mistakes and figure out how to adjust your approach to achieving your goal in a more realistic way and ultimately successful way.
Activity In JOOL
Monitoring your activity is also a great motivator. Use JOOL to reflect, keep track of, and find patterns in your activity. You can pair it with a tracking device (like Fitbit, Garmin, or Jawbone) to measure more closely how much you moved. JOOL's What Makes You Tick? Tool can also give you personalized insights into when you’ll have the most energy and willpower. Use that knowledge to go out and be active. Because it needs a solid block of data to work with, What Makes You Tick? opens once you’ve charted 10 times.
Tom Rath in his book Eat Move Sleep, mentions a randomized controlled study where people, given a tool to measure how much they moved, tended to move more; on average 1 extra mile a day. Overall participants upped their activity an average of 27% which is actually pretty remarkable. Most smartphones have the ability to track steps and distances covered and there are loads of apps to help track your progress. You can even find simple pedometers on sale for roughly $5.00. Whichever option you choose, give tracking a try and see if it helps you increase your daily activity.
On the other hand, if you’ve been tracking your activity for a while, revisit your targets -- perhaps it’s time to increase your step goals (many say that 10,000 steps a day is optimal).
Life On Purpose, Victor J. Strecher
No Sweat, Michelle Segar
Eat Move Sleep, Tom Rath
Smarts and Stamina, Marie-Josee Shaar and Kathryn Britton