Changing your lifestyle incrementally can lead to successfully staying active

In an article by Karen Graham in today’s Vancouver Sun,  habit change consultant Larry Birckhead dispenses some key coaching advice to Sun Run In Training Participants as they begin the process to complete a 10k:

“Incremental changes are absolutely crucial,” he says, recalling a former client who wanted to break her Big Mac habit. Instead of going cold turkey, she still went to McDonald’s, but she bought a kid’s meal instead. Gradually she weaned herself off the kid’s meal, too. Many smoking-cessation programs use the same step-by-step method.

The Sun Run works on the same principle, he explains. At first you walk five minutes and run two, then gradually increase the running time so that each week you have something new to celebrate.

So you are on the right track being in the program — but you are not out of the woods yet, says Birckhead. You still need to finish the program and go on to live a new life afterward.

Read the full article here.

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