Making a change in behaviour can be difficult, we all get into habits that are hard to break. Most of us probably have something that we know we should change, for example take more exercise or drink less alcohol, but there is a big gap between knowing we should and actually doing it.
Use this worksheet to think about the aspects of your behaviour that you’d like to change – such as being inactive, or eating too many unhealthy snacks. Think about how you might start to change your behaviour and how great you’ll feel at the end!
It can help to look at the different elements of how and why you want to change, for example consider these questions:
What do you want to achieve by the change?
Your answers may be:
“I wish I was able to do more.”
“I really want to worry less about my health.”
“I want to have more energy.”
What can you do to make it happen?
“I can take the stairs at work.”
“I can join an exercise class one evening a week.”
“I can cycle to work.”
What are your reasons for wanting to change?
“I don’t want to be embarrassed when I can’t keep up with fitter friends.”
“I know I’d feel better and have more confidence if I lost some weight.”
“I’d have more energy and sleep better if I exercised more.”
Understanding why you want to change and thinking about what you can do to make it happen will help you move on to the next step – being more active!
Make a commitment
Make a firm commitment to yourself to say what you are going to do, and stick to it.
“I am going buy a pedometer and walk 1,000 steps per day”
“I will go my local leisure centre to find out what they offer.”
“I will go on a local Health Walk next week.”
Set yourself goals, they needn’t be big ones, and stick to them. Each time you do you will feel better because you know you are starting to make a real difference to your health.
Making a change in behaviour can be difficult, we all get into habits that are hard to break. Use this worksheet to help you get more active.
The content on this page and the associated worksheets are based on resources from the HELP (Healthy Europe through Learning and Practice) website for health professionals.