Lorn Healthy Options weekly health tip – July 22

Rob Graham, lead exercise professional at Healthy Options.

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Can adopting new habits actually save us time?

A habit is just a behaviour that has been repeated enough times to make it an automatic response.

As we move through life, we encounter specific situations and challenges that require us to stop and ponder a solution or desired outcome. This is often a period of high brain activity as we move through a period of trial and error until we find the desired solution or reward.

Our amazing brain catalogues the response which produced the desired outcome and discards the movements which were un-affective and hey presto a habit begins to form.

Once a habit has had time to develop the brain activity associated with the original challenge or situation decreases dramatically and the brain produces a response on an unconscious level via a mental shortcut we know as a habit.

So habit formation can be incredibly positive when it comes to avoiding a bottleneck in the brain and frees up our minds to be more free, spontaneous or creative.  Yet many believe that the adoption of new health related habits such as being more active and eating healthier will leave them with less time in their busy lives.

Habit formation can actually do the opposite so that we don’t have to consider how we will get some exercise, what foods should I buy, what meals should I eat and when should I eat them.

The key is to ensure that we use strategies which aid the production of new good habits and make our existing bad habits less attractive and that’s what we will consider next week.

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Rob Graham, Lead Exercise Professional, Healthy Options.