Streaking for Health

naked-147165_640Did you know that streaking can help you reach your goals?  

Now hold on a minute – and put those clothes back on!  I’m not talking about running or walking around naked in public (although to be fair the experience could motivate you to drop a few extra pounds, or do some weight training to tone up!) . I’m talking about a completely different kind of streak.

The sort of streaks I’m talking about  is where you plan to do something  every day, or every week or every month – eating certain foods, drinking 8 glasses of water, going to the gym, going for a walk etc.  And a streak is when you not only plan to do it, but you follow through and do it.  Starting a streak, no matter how small your goal is, can help you set up good habits, and in a motivating and fun way – especially if you throw in rewards for completing a streak as well!

Setting streaks will help you to consistently take steps towards your goals. And don’t be afraid to start small – if you don’t drink much water now, set yourself a streak of drinking 3 glasses a day, and when you are doing that consistently, change it to 4, 5 and 6 glasses.  If you want to start walking but don’t do it very often, don’t plan an hour long walk every day – start with a streak of 10 minutes a day and once the habit is forming, build the time up gradually.

One word of caution – don’t give yourself too many streaks to do at one time – set yourself a maximum of three, and work on those habits until they become part of your daily life. That may take a month or two, or even a year (depending on how often you are streaking).  Once you feel that you’ve got it,  add more.  Just find somewhere (a diary, a notebook, or on your phone or laptop) to record your streaks and watch your motivation soar!

So what are you waiting for – let’s get streaking!


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  1. I do this without realising – both for my health and with my daughters when there’s a behaviour I’m trying to encourage/discourage. I always try and motivate myself by thinking if I can do it for a month, it’ll stick. Now that I know it’s a formal technique though I think I’ll make even more of an effort. Right now I’m trying to cut back on cups of tea – I need to replace with water or a caffeine-free type to prevent teeth staining and encourage better hydration. Thank you!
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    1. It’s a great way to start any habit – healthy or otherwise. Thanks for commenting :-)

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