Healthy habits have to be built.
Ever wonder why we would rather sit on our phone and play a game than go to the gym?
You think to yourself…
“What’s wrong with me that I can’t commit to habits I know will help me prevent disease, live longer, and be happier?”
“I want to lose weight and get in shape, but yet I can’t find the motivation to go to the gym…”
As humans, we naturally seek comforting things.
It makes sense that we would rather scroll social media, binge watching Netflix, chat with friends, or take an afternoon nap.
Creating new healthy habits and getting results, all circle back to pleasure and reward.
If you don’t see the reward in your attempts, it makes it really hard to push through.
And, we tend to want IMMEDIATE rewards. Even though we know darn well, good things take time.
So how do you get from where you are now to where you want to be without losing motivation along the way?
Yes, exercising, eating healthy and taking care of yourself can be FUN (and if you want to make real, permanent change it’s going to need to be!)
Gamification is the act of creating a game out of situations you dread, in order to accomplish something you’re definitely not looking forward to.
By giving yourself an immediate reward, your brain links pleasure to the outcome and thinks “Ok, I like this. Let’s do more of it!”
Here are some examples of ways you can gamify your life to reach your health goals:
Time yourself (how quickly can you get from your bed to a workout?)
Give yourself points (5 stars for every time you choose health over a bad habit)
Come up with a list of small rewards (15-minute break, your favorite snack, watching your fav show on youtube)
Buddy up and see how many miles you can walk in a week
Use an app, that puts you in the game, like HabitRPG or Superbetter
So what do you think – is it GAME ON?