What are Habits

Every habit starts with a psychological pattern called a "habit loop," which is a three-part process: 1. A cue, or trigger 2. The routine/behavior itself 3. The reward, which helps to remember the "habit loop.”

Some habits are positive (brushing teeth, eating on time, etc), They allow the brain to somewhat shut down so you can devote mental activity to something else. Others are less so.

There are four stages to changing a health behavior: 1. CONTEMPLATION "I'm thinking about it." 2. PREPARATION "I have made up my mind." 3. ACTION "I have started to make changes." 4. MAINTENANCE "I have a new routine."

Don’t create too many habits; be sure to add variety and stay motivated. Mix up your routine with new activities, physical activity buddies, foods, recipes, and rewards.