Changing Your Body Habits

You may be a whiz at work, a pro at parenting, and the kind of friend anyone would want—but what about the relationship you have with You? Specifically, with your body.

That relationship deserves as much effort as the rest. It may even be the most significant one you will ever have, because it can set the foundation for the health and quality of your life.

"Good health is earned through good habits."

Good body habits can be formed by a motivating, positive relationship with your body.

How would you describe the current habits and relationship you have with yours? Accepting, confident, and health-promoting? Or critical, fearful and neglectful?

Here are some thinking points to help you find out.

What thoughts and feelings naturally come up when you think about your body?

Are they mostly positive ones such as “I accept my body for how it is” or “I know I can work a bit harder to feel healthier and stronger”?

Or negative thoughts such as “I wish I wasn’t like this” or “I’m too weak and unfit”?

How do you speak about your body to others?

Do you say things like, “I’m learning to move more and feel better for it” or “I know I can lose this extra weight”?

Or, “The years are catching up to me” or “I’m just too fat”?

How do you treat your body?

Have you found a way to love your body through movement, healthy eating and conscious lifestyle choices?

Do you emotionally eat, make poor dietary choices, avoid exercise and movement, or choose screen time over adequate sleep?

If either the negative mindsets or poor habits sound familiar, there’s a simple plan you can put in place to start heading in the other direction.

Make a list of habits you know are not the best for your physical health. They may be things like drinking too much, emotional binge eating, too many processed foods or not enough sleep.

Choose just one—maybe the easiest at first—and determine what you’ll do to change it. For example, if you’re always getting to bed too late, set a technology curfew and use some relaxation techniques like deep breathing and a warm cup of tea before bed.

Make this new habit your goal for three weeks. After that time, have a look at how your body has improved. New energy? More focus? Happier? Great!

Use this success as motivation to ditch another bad habit and nurture a new one.

Don’t aim for perfection as that can lead to disappointment. Just begin with a clear vision of what needs to change, start with a bite-sized piece and do your best.

Reflect on how you think, speak about, and treat your physical body and if necessary, take the first step to improving your body habits. After all, your body is your home!