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  • Writer's pictureGiulia Pline

Consistency Over Intensity

I want to share this idea you from Brene Brown's podcast interview with James Clear, author of Atomic Habits:

Sustainable change begins with small, enjoyable, baby steps.

Whether your goal or resolution is to move more, sleep better, eat well, read more, worry less... aim to choose simple and manageable steps that become part of your lifestyle.

It’s all about the process.

Without a solid process, the goal remains unachievable. 

You don’t have to start out taking 4 yoga classes a week, or running 3x a week, or reading a book a week, or eating salad for lunch every day to create meaningful change...

You don’t have to be perfect to be successful.

Start with unrolling your mat, putting on your shoes, opening your book, buying healthy groceries and go from there!

Make it enjoyable, make it easy, and progressively build your way up to your goal.

Avoiding the ALL or nothing at all mentality helps you to mitigate injury, burn out, frustration, and keeps you feeling good and motivated about what you’re doing.

Building a strong foundation is the key that unlocks the ability to increase intensity successfully and healthfully over time.

Maybe you start off lifting 5lb dumbbells for 3 sets up 10x bicep curls, then the next week you lift 7.5lbs for the same amount of sets and reps, then the following week you increase to 9lbs, and by the end of a month you are up to lifting 10lbs for 3 sets of 10x!

Keep it simple, keep it consistent!

Brene Brown chats with James Clear, author of Atomic Habits to talk about habits and the importance of consistency over intensity when it comes to forming habits that last. Learn how to build habits, to break them, and so much more. Click this link to listen to part 1, and check out part 2 here.

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