The BehaviorFit Manifesto
HEATLH CHOICES ARE BEHAVIOR
The bigger issue at hand is that we are all responsible for our daily choices. Our choices are forms of behavior like any other and they can do us good or do us wrong. And over time, daily choices add up to create habits. These habits are either healthy or unhealthy. Are these habits what you want them to be? Could they be better?
BEHAVIOR AS THE CORNERSTONE OF SUCCESS
- A guy eating pizza on the ab machine (result of bad advice)
- People with bad or outright weird exercise form: The man or woman getting a pump or sweat (the contingency) but putting themselves at risk for serious injury
Health follows this same pattern. Having the right rules and contingencies can help guide a healthier (and in some cases safer) life.
INTRODUCING: BEHAVIORFIT’S FOUR PILLARS OF HEALTH
With the right foundation, you are bound to get your behavior moving in the right direction. BehaviorFit’s four pillars of health are selected with one thing in mind: playing the long-game. No shortcuts.
These are not tools to be used to one week, for 6 months, or until next year. Tools that are used for life.
Here are the BehaviorFit Pillars of Health:
- Lift Weights
- Move Every 30 Minutes
- Sleep 8 Hours
- Eat Fats, Avoid Carbs
- Lift Weights – exercise science does the heavy lifting here (yes, that is a pun), the more muscle the better as we are all racing against the aging process; the more we age, the more that muscle wants to disappear and bones get weaker.
- Move Every 30 minutes – this is the hidden, dark world of physical activity and the expertise area of BehaviorFit, moving regularly is essential for both short- and long-term benefits
- Sleeping – if your body doesn’t have to recover and heal, you are operating sub-optimally every day
- Eat Fats, Avoid Carbs – we live in an abundance of processed foods and too much sugar, fats are important and good for you, much of the demonization of dietary fat is based on incorrect research claims
HEALTH REQUIRES HARD WORK
If you are not doing anything about it, then you are not doing anything about it.
There are no magic bullets to health. Just following one rule, may be great, but that success interacts with other areas. Expecting sleep alone to cure your ills is short-sighted. You workout more, but if you are not eating enough, then gaining muscle is unlikely. You might say, each of the rules is a magic bullet. But you will need each bullet, and the most important bullet of all is…our behavior.
BehaviorFit is rooted in behavioral science. A science that let’s you understand how and why things occur. And most importantly, different things matter to different people. It’s an approach that addresses individual behavior, on an individual basis.
Following the Pillars of Health may require you to learn something different, or even develop an entirely new skill. Success depends on this individualized approach to good health. And success is a process.
Just as it takes time to develop BAD habits, it takes time to develop good habits…and get rid of the old ones.
While rules are not everything, they can be a great start. The Pillars of Health shape the core foundation on what BehaviorFit views as a key principles to living a happy, productive, and meaningful life.
So, how strong are YOUR pillars. What pillars are missing? What pillars can be improved?
Join me in making everyday healthy choices a priority.
Keep moving my friends,