Change is not easy but it is important for most of us. The way we lead our lives (lifestyle) contributes to around 70% of long term illnesses. These illnesses are avoidable and can even be reversed, so if we can change what we do (our behaviour) even a little, we will achieve great results.
#1change is all about us nudging and coaxing changes in our behaviour, using safe and tested lifestyle interventions, for the longer term and for our good health!
We can do this!
Let’s do #1change at a time – for ourselves and to preserve our NHS!
Trigger- Choose something you commonly do daily e.g. brush teeth
Behaviour – What is it you want to change e.g. do push-ups, so start with one just to establish the habit. Every time you brush your teeth, do a push-up.
Celebrate – pat yourself on your back every time you “brush and push”, and share your success with your friends.
Share and inspire others on social media under #1change
Start only 1 new behaviour at a time.
Once you’ve been doing it for a month or more, try another.
Dorothy Keith of The Warblers of East Lothian:
“On the last day of Pulmonary Rehab you do a walking test. I was absolutely disgusted with myself when I only managed 2.5 minutes when I had to stop as I was so breathless. However when returning for my annual check up I did 10 minutes talking to the physiotherapist the whole time.
I put that down mainly to the singing. It does you good and really helps with your breathing. We do exercises to change breathing habits and increase the length of the exhale, and are often amazed at what we can achieve!”