We want to talk about something that was super trendy a few years ago, and we think it’s time to bring it back.
It’s called Kaizen (pronounced KI-zen), and it’s a Japanese business philosophy that can have an AMAZING impact on your personal fitness and wellness!
Ok, so about Kaizen. It sounds very aspirational and intense … but it’s actually one of the most achievable ways to create and build healthy habits into your life!
This month we’re talking a lot about healthy habits because building habits and routines are KEY to reaching your wellness goals and KEEPING the results you want! So many people think motivation and willpower are the key. THEY ARE WRONG. Habits and routines beat motivation and willpower over time, EVERY TIME.
Kaizen is a proven principle to follow to help build new habits. That’s because it doesn’t take a huge amount of willpower or discipline to get started.
You just start out with small, easy-to-make changes … and then you build them up over time, a little more every day or every week.
Those small steps don’t just get you started, but they also help you build a strong foundation for a healthy lifestyle you can sustain over time!
Now, all of that sounds good, but what does it mean on a practical level?
We’ve got some examples for you!
Let’s say you want to start a workout routine but the idea of where and how to start feels a little overwhelming.
What if you committed to starting with a 10-minute walk? Then tomorrow, you could do 11 minutes, then the next day 12, continuing until you reached 30 minutes? Or, you could decide to layer in some jogging intervals.
Or if you want to start strength training, you could start by doing just one set of exercises instead of three.
If your goal is to eat a healthier diet, you could start by focusing on boosting the nutrition of a specific meal or snack … and then another, and another. Get your breakfast under control, or your afternoon snack, and then move on from there.
Start with something that doesn’t require a massive amount of energy or time, and slowly build it up from there. That’s the basics of kaizen!
Does that make sense?
It doesn’t have to be ALL OR NOTHING.
Let us know what you think about this idea in the comments! We actually use Kaizen all of the time in building our healthy lifestyle.
If you’re looking for guidance to get back into your healthy lifestyle, we’re here to help! We love brainstorming and helping people achieve their goals.
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