Is it me or is it habit?

How free is your Free Will?

Cognitive and behavioral psychologists, neurobiologists and others who have studied habits for decades, tell us that 40% to 95% of what we do is driven by habit. Based on the research, even if we make a conservative estimate, clearly more than half of what we do, say, and even how we think is governed by habit. And because most of our habits are unconscious, changing them can be challenging.

Each month Sit Tech shares a simple but powerful technique to improve mental and physical health. If these tips provide a few moments of entertainment, that’s great, but what we really want to do is help you change your life.

Because of our commitment to you, the next few tips will address how to use the extensive research on habits to take charge of your life.

Let’s get started!

Experts tell us that there are four primary components that interact to promote habit formation. At Sit Tech we call them the 4 R’s.

  • Reason- Strong motivation is the foundation for change.
  • Reminder-We are all busy, and without reminders, even the best intentions will not help us grow.
  • Routine-What exactly will you do differently?
  • Reward- What will you do following the successful completion of you new habit to make it more likely that you will use the habit again?

This month we will address the first R, Reason, in more detail.

Sit Tech to the Rescue

Use the following questions to help you find a powerful reason for change. The more you can tie your motivation to a strong emotion, the more effective that motivation will be.

  1. Since static posture, either sitting or standing impacts the length of our lives, what would you like to live to experience? Think of life events linked to those individuals who are most important to you. Do you want to be there to watch a favorite child grow up and graduate?
  2. What activities do you enjoy that would be less possible if you had musculoskeletal pain or dysfunction?
  3. What life goals would be out of reach if limited movement and frequent pain held you back?
  4. Static posture is linked to numerous chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular problems and some cancers. What would you miss if you contracted a serious illness?

By consciously choosing at least some of our habits, we can create a more mindful life that leads to greater freedom. Join us next month for ways to build in reminders and make your desired habit, clear, concise and doable.

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We will be back next month with another tip for using posture to improve your health and your life.
Until then Sit Strong!
* Always listen to your body.  – If it hurts, don’t do it!  – Consult with a health professional about performing any activities mentioned in these tips. Sit Tech does not offer medical advice and is not responsible for use of its tips.

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