What is Habit Stacking & How Does It Work?

Habit stacking is a strategy that helps us form new habits. It’s basically just taking the habit we want to form and stacking it on top of one of our current habits. That is, simply adding the new habit next to an existing habit.For example, let’s say we want to log our nutritional intake into an app every day, but we feel like we might forget to do it consistently.

What we can do is complete the app logging activity directly after brushing our teeth every evening. So, when we’re brushing our teeth in the evening, that’s our current habit. The new habit (logging our food intake) will be stacked on top of that one so that when we’re done with brushing our teeth, we’ll automatically set ourselves up to record our food as well.

The great news is that the more we do something, the stronger and more efficient the neural connections in our brains become. You guessed it, repetitiion is the key! We all have hundreds of strong habits and connections that we take for granted. For example, our brains are typically very efficient at remembering to brew our morning cup of coffee, or to put on our seat belts before driving. The great news is that we can take advantage of these strong connections to consolidate new behaviours!

Adding the activity to an exsiting routine is the key to forming a new habit.

It might sound complicated at first, but once we get the hang of it, it becomes second nature!What habits are you currently working on with your health and fitness?

Is there anything we can do to help?

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