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Change Your Habits, Change Your Life!

By Genevieve Cunningham

Habits are everything. We all have multiple habits that we partake in on a daily basis. Some of us have habits on purpose -- we set an alarm, exercise, eat on time, and practice habits that set us up for better well-being. But sometimes we have habits that seem to just happen to us. We don't mean to create bad habits, but they happen nonetheless -- sleeping in, eating junk food, skipping the gym. The harsh truth is that if we can change our habits, we can change our lives for the better! If you're looking to improve your life and health, take a look at why habits matter and what you can do to take a step in the right direction. 

How Habits Affect Everyday Life

We are what we repeatedly do. Sound familiar? It's no secret that our actions heavily affect our daily lives and our future as well. If we always wake up late, we'll always feel overwhelmed and rushed. If we always skip exercise, we'll be more likely to gain weight and feel sluggish. But this works in the reverse as well. If we exercise daily, we'll feel strong and refreshed. If we set schedules and stick to routines, we'll feel more in control and at peace. Habits affect everything -- and when we take control of our habits, we can change everything about our lives. 

What Habits Need to Be Changed

Not every habit that we have needs to be changed. For better health, we need to focus on eating good food and moving our bodies. How? Make exercise a habit. Work out first thing in the morning or directly after work. How do we make a good diet a habit? We eat on schedule and grocery shop with a list. We plan ahead! We can also improve our lives by creating better bedtime and sleeping habits, morning habits that start the day off slowly, and boundary enforcing habits that keep negative people out of our lives as much as possible. 

How to Make Change Last

To make changes that last, you'll need to start out slowly. Don't try to change everything at once. Instead, choose one habit and stick with it. Maybe you go to bed 30 minutes earlier for a whole month before introducing a new habit. Maybe you say no to extra activities for two weeks before you try something new. Don't bite off more than you can chew, but instead chip away at changing your habits to ensure they last a lifetime. 

Your habits definitely matter. They make a huge difference in the way you feel, the way you behave, and in your daily life. Make sure that you're creating habits on purpose -- with pure intention and your health in mind -- and you'll be feeling better than ever in no time at all. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Clemente, Calif.

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