This week, the reminder came in for my semi-annual dentist appointment (actually, it’s every 9 months based on my insurance coverage), and it got me thinking about how small, daily habits positively impact your health and fitness.
Here’s a scenario for you…
You decide not to brush your teeth daily, but you make sure to get two cleanings per year from the hygienist, and a check-in from the dentist during this appointment.
How do you suppose that’s going to work out for you?
I can’t imagine any dentist who would say that’s a good plan for having fantastic teeth. They will all say that if you had to choose, you are better to do your daily work (brushing & floss a couple of times per day) than getting two major cleanings per year.
Now, doing both is clearly ideal because even with the best daily practice you’ll still benefit greatly from that deeper cleaning you can only get at the dentist. Combine this with the insight and knowledge of trained professionals to highlight any issues and provide adjustments in your preventative care plan, and you are truly set up for success.
So, how do these small habits impact your health & fitness?
Well, how many people do you know who rarely exercise workouts 2-3x/week and fail to support their body with healthy food most of the time (this doesn’t need to be all of the time)?
Chances are, they are also the first to sign up for annual transformation challenges, detox programs, or to try out the latest fad diet.
Sound familiar? You bet!
How do you think that works out (no pun intended) in the long run?
It’s no secret that the small, seemingly mundane daily habits that positively impact your life, health & fitness are always going to produce far better results than trying to be “perfect” for 6 weeks here and 21 days there…
Now, if you can do both…you are well ahead of the curve! 🙂
IMPORTANT NOTE: You don’t have to be “perfect” during a challenge or detox to be successful. That’s just setting yourself up for failure.
The key is to have the growth mindset that these short-term events are there for motivation, acceleration, and inspiration in your longer-term plan. They shouldn’t be the only tool in your toolbox.
The tortoise and the hare story is a perfect analogy: consistency always trumps intensity in the long run!
Small but consistent habits always trump intensity in the long run!
Simply focus on the things you have direct control over, and are able to do most of the time, and that adds up to big changes over time.
These simple habits will serve you much better than going “all in” a couple of times per year and then reverting back to unsupportive habits for the remainder of the year.
Unfortunately, most people think that these things are either “too hard” to do, or that they “aren’t dramatic enough to make a difference”.
Now you know (or have been reminded of) the truth! The next step is up to you. This brings me to one of my favorite quotes…
There are only two days in the year when nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow. Today is the right day to love, believe, do, and mostly live. – The Dalai Lama
So, listen to the Lama…and make every “TODAY” count.
Comment on this blog post and let me know what you will do today to honor your body, mind, spirit, and future!
Create yourself an amazing day!
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