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The Best Way to Change Your Life

Chart from James Clear showing the power of marginal gains. 1 line with an upwards trajectory & the other flat or slight decline.
It's easy to be intimidated by fitness if you're a beginner or have had a break from it. Even starting something new like strength training can be daunting, if all you've ever known is cardio (if that!)

The good news, is that no-one would expect you to run a marathon the day after you start running. And the same is true for getting on the health and fitness wagon.

One of my favourite analogies is the power/aggregation of marginal gains. By far the best example of this comes from Dave Brailsford who was the Director of British Cycling.

Remember when the British cycling team were regarded as the best in the world? These massive improvements came from making small little changes which when added up, made huge changes.

It was silly little things like making sure the team had their own pillow from home! There was no 1 thing that changed the course of their future.

@jamesclear sums it up well "The most reliable way to change your life is by not changing your entire life".

Change 1 small thing. Then another. Followed by another.

How can you apply this to your health?

๐Ÿ‘‰ Eat an extra spoon of veg at dinner
๐Ÿ‘‰ Eat more protein throughout the day
๐Ÿ‘‰ Walk a few extra steps on your lunchbreak
๐Ÿ‘‰ Leave the car at home & walk
๐Ÿ‘‰ Get some squats in brushing your teeth
๐Ÿ‘‰ Stand instead of sit at your desk
๐Ÿ‘‰ Maybe just eat half the packet of biscuits and not finish them off...

So don't kill yourself changing your whole life all in 1 go. It's not sustainable and "If you try to change everything all at once, you will quickly find yourself pulled back into the same patterns as before."

What small changes can you make today, that you'll benefit from long term?