There are some people who just picked up fitness and never set it down. Working out is a part of their lifestyle. On the other hand, there are some people who cannot seem to stay consistent with their fitness. The difference between these two individuals often lies solely in their habits and behaviors. Understanding and mastering behaviors is key to accomplishing health related goals. 

Behavior Change is a Science

In order to give you a better understanding of behaviors, let’s talk about the first step in the ABC Model of Behavior Change. This model involves three distinct factors that help you understand and create new behaviors. The A in the ABC stands for Activators, which is the equivalent to a “call to action” or a “trigger”. They nudge us to take action towards doing a behavior. 

Activators: The Good and The Bad

There are good Activators – like when you see junk food, urging you to run away as fast as you can. However, there are also bad activators – like your inability to say “no” when someone offers you ice cream. Most activators or triggers we experience occur on a subconscious level. I suggest examining a behavior you’re trying to change. Figure out what happens just before you make the decision to perform the behavior and that’s your activator. Also, be aware that the activator could be external (something you see) or internal (something you feel). 

Determining your activator is the first step of behavior change! Learning what things trigger you is a key part in changing current behaviors or adopting new ones. Want to learn more about habits and behavior change? I suggest joining my free Facebook group where we go over all sorts of health and fitness tips to get the results you’ve been searching for.