Tiny tips: start a tiny habit now to improve your well-being in old age

Photo of narrow carpeted stairs

Steep stairs, old feet: time to start a tiny habit

This is the best tip anyone you’ll ever get when it comes to making lifestyle changes that will help you to achieve well-being in old age:  Start some new habits now, no matter how tiny.

And the most foolproof, friendly, easy way to start changing your habits is by doing BJ Fogg’s Tiny Habits course. It takes less than 30 minutes in total over five days and gives you a skill that can transform the way you approach life. No grandiose ambitions. Just baby steps.

No disclaimer: I have huge respect for BJ Fogg but I have nothing to gain here. Oh, and I forgot to mention that the Tiny Habits course is free.

You will pick three teeny tiny steps towards making lifestyle changes to improve your quality of life in old age. You make your own decisions and you cannot fail, so have fun!


24 thoughts on “Tiny tips: start a tiny habit now to improve your well-being in old age

  1. Prior... says:

    Sounds fun

  2. Sounds good!

  3. David Davis says:

    Don’t go down those stairs in stocking feet, and hold the rail tightly.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Good habits.

  4. My most powerful epiphany, was back when I had a punk rocker and a skateboarding teenager – one with a green mohawk and the other with dreadlocks, and we were in the pharmacy trying to purchase black hair dye as the school wanted the bright green mohawk toned down. I was in a cute suit with a briefcase trying to attract the eye of the young pharmacist who was trying to avoid me… I realised my kids had a life…. and I needed to get one… so I ran away eventually to Timaru to do Owen Marshal’s writing course at Aoraki (21 weeks)…. and that is how my writing life began!

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Wonderful story. Nice epiphany. But is there a tiny habit in here? You would be amazed by the course, Maggie!

    2. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Oh I get the link now. I think.

    3. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Finally I woke up. BJ Fogg says there are 3ways you can change your behaviour. No. 1, have an epiphany! You were lucky, took the shortcut to changing your habits!

  5. Cathy Cade says:

    I’ll look into that – thanks for the link

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Cathy, when I walk past Squirrel I think of you and your joy of writing. Thanks for our real world meeting!

      1. Cathy Cade says:

        Thank you for coming to meet me so soon after your return home. I’m back in the UK now and my whole six weeks in NZ seems almost unreal.

      2. Rachel McAlpine says:

        Strange how that happens, isn’t it? I hope all is well.

  6. Sorry, Rachel, I went off on a tangent sparked by epiphany – but yes, the tiny habit, is the writing… needs to be more of a habit. XX You are inspirational.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Aha,got it. I am very happy to have spared you!

  7. Elizabeth says:

    I love the idea of tiny habits. I will check it out. It does seem true that if you repeat something a few times you can establish a habit. Sadly it works for bad habits too!

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Quite true— and for changing bad habits too.

  8. JT Twissel says:

    I think I need to replace old habits with new ones. But tomorrow, tomorrow!

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      A tiny habit must not take more than 30 seconds…

  9. bone&silver says:

    My tiny tip? Drink warm water with lemon juice first thing every morning- sorts out the kidneys & hydrates everything… best way to start the day before your coffee or tea 🙏🏼😊

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Nice one!

  10. Suzanne says:

    My Nana at 80+ [a few years ago now], informed me how to go down narrow steps. To this day every time I encounter them I remember her words!

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Haw fantastic! What did she advise?

      1. Suzanne says:

        A side step which seems a difficult way to do it though in practice it isn’t. Hanging onto the hand rail is a must.

      2. Rachel McAlpine says:

        Wow. I will try that for future reference, as you did. No problems at this point.

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