by Joy Wang | February 07, 2017
2017 new year’s resolutions?! How are you carrying them out now that January is behind us? Are you experiencing positive and sustained changes in life, such as eating healthier, being more active, or doing more of what you are passionate about?
Here’s the reality: life often gets in the way. Our good, positive aspirations can quickly be deprioritized amid busy schedules, and without noticing, we end up right where we were, the year before.
I have been searching for healthy living “hacks” that can improve my health and productivity, but I have to admit that it’s not easy, and it’s always been a trial & error work-in-progress.
The creation of sho Nutrition, however, is a manifestation of my pursuits – I was able to make taking nutritional supplementation a simple, healthy, organized – “sho” habit.
Here are 5 tips that I have accumulated from my own experience that I hope to be helpful to you when you try to incorporate healthy habits into your busy lives. Don’t we all want to do more, live better, and be healthier, when 24 x 7 doesn’t change?
I have found that the best way to form a good habit is to start small, keep it simple, and have a quick win. Whatever you want to do, find a small habit you can implement right away, and stick to it, no matter what.
It may sound trivial, because we all love hearing amazing stories of instant personal transformation, but we also know too well that old habits are hard to kick, and new ones are hard to stick.
But if you pick a simple, healthy change one at a time, you are more likely to have a taste of success, which will encourage you to continue the path of positive changes in life, forming a virtuous cycle of self-fulfilling prophecy.
For instance, swap out that chocolate cookie with a handful of nuts and dry fruits to go with your afternoon coffee or tea; Walk 10 minutes during lunch break at least three times a week...
And focus all your attention on doing it consistently, for the next minimum 21 days. Once you can stick to one simple change for three or four weeks, you will with no doubt experience its health benefits, which will give you a strong sense of accomplishment and confidence.
(Check out our “21 healthy habits” that are simple and easy to practice any day, every day.)
That’s exactly the philosophy behind sho’s daily tracking dispenser design – not only have we made accessing the easy-to-swallow supplements as easy as a click, we designed a daily tracking dial so that you know if you have taken your supplements of the day, and register in your head your daily health routine until it becomes a second nature.
Once you have picked a healthy habit and started practicing it, it is important to keep up the momentum - you are what you repetitively do, or eat.
Research has shown various durations of days for a healthy habit to stick, but chances are if you can stick to doing something for 21 days, it would become your second nature. Think of starting any healthy habit as your monthly challenge, with an enticing reward to yourself at the end of the 3 weeks' course.
That’s why we ran a 21-day healthy habits challenge in January to help people turn positive changes into last-lasting healthy habits with 21 simple tips over 21 days.
Any new year’s resolution that you’d like to carry out, commit to repeating it for at least 21 days, and then add the next new resolution. Month by month, you will be amazed by how baby steps of changes with consistency can accumulate to BIG transformations in life.
You have to realize that not all habits are good for everyone. The key is to listen to your body, instead of forcing it to do something just because the internet says so.
For example, if you are more a night awe than a morning person, no matter how the successful overachievers credit their productivity to their early rises, if it’s not you, forcing yourself to rise early would only make you grouchy.
You have to find healthy activities and schedules that fit your tempo and style, whether it’s to have a slow morning start with brewing your favorite cup of tea, sneak in a gym class during lunch break, or write 500 words of daily reflections before bed…
Pick what you enjoy doing the most, rather than following everyone else’s agenda, and you will have the best chances of incorporating healthy habits into your life, not others.
In reality, there are daily incidences and emotions that put us on a rollercoaster - how do you sustain this new healthy habit for 21 days, and add more into your life?
I have a simple solution for you, which is a three-step process called TAG: Trigger, Action, and Gratification.
Is as simple as leaving healthy cues out in sight (and hiding away the unhealthy ones), to initiate a healthy action.
For example, leave a small pack of mixed nuts within arm’s reach, and get rid of the cookies and potato chips; Leave your gym bag out deliberately in the way at the door, so you have to confront it every time you get in and out…
Just do it! No overthinking or procrastinating about it. Be present, and action.
When the veggie salad pack is out on the kitchen counter and no other junky food in the fridge, dinner it is! When the gym bag is at the door, the only way that makes sense is to pick it up and head to the gym… Just. Do. It.
Is to take a moment to acknowledge and reward your progress after your positive, healthy action. Give yourself a tap on the shoulder with a sense of accomplishment and appreciation.
Take a pause to register in your head how tasty it was after a freshly prepared whole food meal; Savor the satisfying, joyful feeling (the endorphin effect, even with a bit of muscle pain) after a good sweat at a kick-ass gym class…
Trigger, action, gratification - TAG. Then repeat, day by day, week by week, for the next at least 21 days. It’s that simple until a healthy habit can be put on autopilot as part of your daily routine, without having to procrastinate or agonize in your head.
Among all the tools at our disposal to improve our health and lifestyle, nutritional supplementation plays an important role, yet many of us don’t have the patience if it is not an intuitive, easy process to fit into our daily routine.
I am one of those who can’t swallow large pills and don’t remember to take supplements every day no matter how much I tried... Turned out I am not alone. Research shows that 40% Americans have difficulty swallowing big pills, and about half of people admit they don’t adhere to the dosing instructions to finish the course and experience the health benefits.
With sho, no more hard to swallow pills, and no more forgetting to take your supplements. sho supplements are encapsulated in pearl-like, easy-to-swallow Spheri-Gels™ with a clinically effective dosage of premium ingredients.
Our two new vegan formulas are sho™ ENERGY+ which contains Vitamin B and Matcha to boost energy metabolism and cognitive performance, and sho™ BALANCE which includes plant-based probiotics to promote colon health and immunity.
Here is how TAG is applied to sho’s design:
Trigger: sho’s portable daily tracking dispenser is so modern and sleek that it is perfect for “sho”-ing off front and center in your life, whether on the kitchen counter, office desk, or on the go. When in sight, it is on your mind.
Action: just click the dispenser and take the easy to swallow Spheri-Gels, anytime, anywhere. Taking supplements has never been easier.
Gratification: every day after you click, swallow, and turn the dial, you feel a sense of compliance and accomplishment; and taking thesehigh-qualityy functional supplements on a regular basis will help you truly experience their long term health benefits, the ultimate rewards for your health.
So here you go, 5 tips to incorporate healthy habits into your busy life. Let me know how you get along with trying any or all of the tips, and how you make clicking sho supplements part of your daily routine. May you crush your new year’s resolutions in 2017 and live every day in simple, healthy, organized – sho style!