Staying motivated is key when we’re trying to look after our long term health and wellbeing, but motivation only lasts so long. The fall in gym attendance normally during February or March on the back of a New Year resolution is testament to this!
Changing our engrained habits and mind-set is a good place to start. If we’re looking after ourselves and taking care of our physical and mental health, we’ll have more energy to look after those around us, it makes sense therefore that we take this seriously. For us to say that we don’t have enough time during the day can also be seen as an excuse, so we have to look carefully at our priorities and any mental roadblocks in our way that may be contributing to any procrastination.
Staying active can be listed simply in a series of steps, as long as we remember to keep it easy, simple and most importantly repetitive. The goal is to turn a few simple actions into new habits that we don’t overthink, they just become normalised and part of our daily work routine. We’re looking for small daily, weekly or monthly 1% improvements, you have complete control.
Our 40-2 strategy is a practical programme that we’ve developed over the past 5 years. The benefits include better productivity, more energy, improved focus, greater flexibility, a healthier posture avoiding potential back pain and improved long term health and mental wellbeing. The mind-set needs to change from reactive to proactive and short term thinking to long term. As an example, lets say it becomes a new philosophy for how to work over the next 40 years.