#MicrosteppinginMay Over 50s Lifestyle

Taking the first step to Reset Your Healthy Habits with these 4 easy tips

May 1, 2019
Taking the first step to Reset Your Healthy Habits with these 4 easy tips

Taking the first step to make changes in our life, create new habits or step out of our comfort zone can be daunting. For #microsteppinginmay I asked Peta Gillian from Strong Healthy Women to share her tips on taking that first step plus she shares her Bathroom Workout and an invitation to her free 7 day Healthy Habits Reset.

Taking the first step to Reset Your Healthy Habits with these 4 easy tips

As I look around the room at Strong Healthy Women I see uniqueness.  I don’t see mothers, daughters, grandmothers, partners, career women – I simply see a woman who I am so blessed to help on her journey to better health and fitness.  

Every so often I am reminded that they are all those things and more.  They share a family photo, achievement or a little more about their life.  I have such a brief amount of time with them, but what an amazing time it is.  

When we’re together I see someone going deeper in a squat or a pushup, lifting a heavier weight, stepping out of their comfort zone or stretching further.  This reminds me of that famous quote

 “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” Lao Tzu

Each and every one of these women started somewhere, they didn’t know one another, they simply knew it was time to take that first step to their healthiest, fittest life.  

Was it daunting?  For sure it was.

And… sometimes life will get on top of you and take you in another direction and it’s a struggle to take that first step to get started again.  

And… sometimes the “reasons not to” (time and motivation) will get the better of you.

When you take that first step, it has a snowball effect into other areas of your life. You might start with movement – walking each day and before you know it the walk has increased in time and difficulty.

  • Your first step is to not to overthink what you’ll do or where you want to go.  Just start!
  • Be consistent with your first change and master it until it’s a daily habit for you. Remember this – you learnt how to drive a car through lessons and consistency and your new healthy habit will require the same approach.
  • Make sure it is not complex or difficult, otherwise it will be easy to give up.  
  • One of my favourite ways to include a new habit is to piggy-back it onto something that you are already doing. 

Here’s is a great example of that.  The Bathroom Workout!!!

Each time you go to the bathroom you add squats into your bathroom visit.  Start with 10 repetitions, before you know it, you’ll be at 100 squats for the day depending on the number of times you go to the bathroom. 

Use momentum to add in push ups on the vanity.  Remember don’t do these on cupboards that are not secure.  We don’t want any accidents.

But… it’s easy to forget how far you’ve come.  So, write down your achievements and celebrate your successes. 

Get Micro-Stepping with me!

7 DAY Healthy Habits Reset

Join me as I share 7 Days of Information, Hints and Tips to get your Healthy Habit Reset starting Monday 13 May 2019.  Each day you’ll get an email with a CheatSheet and I’ll be LIVE in our Facebook group – Women Over 50 Get Active & Healthy explaining each day’s healthy habit.  Pick the one that’s easiest for you right now and get micro-stepping. 

Join us for the FREE 7-Day Healthy Habits Reset

Taking the first step to Reset Your Healthy Habits with these 4 easy tips

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7 Comments

  • Reply Retirement Reflections May 1, 2019 at 15:42

    I love the “bathroom workout”, Sue. I already do the Tree Yoga Pose when brushing my teeth. These little steps can definitely add up to big results!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 1, 2019 at 17:25

      Oh my grandson, Ethan who just turned 5 and his Nan (me) both love the Tree Yoga Pose. He learned yoga at kindergarten – isn’t that great! I’m going to try your idea next time I brush my teeth. I certainly would be a great balance exercise. Thanks for sharing and have a beautiful week. I hope the weather is warming up for you. xx

  • Reply Candi Randolph May 2, 2019 at 20:14

    Hi Sue, I love the 4 easy tips, they make perfect sense. I will start doing the bathroom squats and you can be sure I will get 100 in a day. With the water I drink I make many stops! xo

  • Reply Janet Mary Cobb May 3, 2019 at 06:01

    Great steps Sue! My “bathroom workout” is stretching in the shower and – unlike many Americans, I don’t own a dishwasher, so I include waist twists periodically while washing dishes. It is all about the little things that add up.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 3, 2019 at 09:14

      Great ideas, Janet! Isn’t is amazing how creative we can be with our fitness. I’ve not thought about waist twists while washing the dishes. Great idea! xx

  • Reply Erica/Erika May 3, 2019 at 07:50

    Hi Sue, I have been consistent with some form of fitness all of my life. I was diagnosed with Dupuytren’s disease over 10 years ago, a genetic disorder affecting my hands, fingers, knuckles and feet. The disease progressed rapidly the last few years (and again, after surgery) resulting in difficulty grasping, losing strength and flexibility, pain, loss of sensation, numbness. My body and spirit have been craving and appreciating yoga, weights and walking. I do pushups (girl pushups on my knees:) approximately 2 times a week. I find pushups very challenging for my hands and fingers.

    You make a good point on piggy- backing. I do daily stretches. After reading your initial posts on #microsteppinginmay, I have decided to add 2 sets of pushups (2X12) to my daily stretches. 2 minutes and doable each day. I want to maintain some strength and flexibility in my hands and hopefully help prevent rapid progression of this disease. I started doing the daily pushups and recording it on April 29th Pacific Time Zone 🙂 I will let you know my results on June 1st:) Erica

    Thank you again, Sue, for an informative and motivating blog site.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 3, 2019 at 09:15

      I’m so pleased that you are on board with #microsteppinginmay, Erica and I look forward to knowing your results. Good for you and I’m here if you need anything! x

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