There are so many decisions and preparations to make when you are getting ready to start a family. Maybe you are the type to uber-plan and make any big moves, check out schools, and paint rooms even before the pee stick comes out positive. Or, you might be the Let’s Keep Our Cool type and hold off on baby purchases until you can’t see your feet. Also, there’s pre-pre-natal nutrition to think about, like folic acid (which you have to take months before you even do the deed), getting your Omega-3s, etc.
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I find human behavior fascinating, and while I don't have a psychology degree, I constantly devour lectures and articles on the subject, specifically surrounding behavior change. As a personal trainer I work with people who are trying their hardest to change their bodies and make exercise a routine, and the "X factor", or the thing that will propel them into action, isn't always motivation.
Creatures of habit are we, and the below TEDx talk proves that we can use existing behaviors to trigger new ones that we want to add. I am a firm believer that by "doing" an action, we eventually become it, and BJ Fogg promotes a method called Tiny Habits that is fun and totally do-able.
Fill in the two blanks in the following statement, the first with a behavior you already do, the second with a behavior you want to add. "After I _________, I will _____________" . And then do it. And then celebrate to yourself in some small way every time. Because this shit is hard, and you did it!
So: "After I tuck the kids into bed, I will do 5 sun salutations". Fist pump.
See, I don't stretch enough before or after my workouts, and feel like I never have time what with running to clients and taking care of the house. But it is an essential part of having a sound body, so I really need to make it happen...
I honestly feel like this method can work for my kids, too, especially my 7 year old son who is already extremely set in his ways.
Watch the talk in full below and I would love to get your "After I _________, I will _____________" statements in the comments!
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What is "exergaming" you say? Wikipedia says:
"Fitness game, Exergaming or exer-gaming (a portmanteau of "exercise" and "gaming") is a term used for video games that are also a form of exercise. Exergaming relies on technology that tracks body movement or reaction. The genre has been credited with upending the stereotype of gaming as a sedentary activity, and promoting an active lifestyle. Research indicates that exergames can produce real improvements in fitness. Exergames are seen as evolving from technology changes aimed at making video games more fun."
It's about time!
I wrote a post about keeping our kids active and started in on some research to find some apps that would encourage kids to get moving. Traditional gaming consoles and systems long ago brought sports into our living rooms, but I swear on Arnold that I could not find a single decent fitness app or game for my Android device that I would even consider installing for my kids. As our kids are "mobile-first" consumers, meaning that their first digital experiences are on mobile devices, I was surprised to find that the market was severely lacking in the exergaming department.
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