racking a Health Behavior (Runs M-F Week 2) 

racking a Health Behavior (Runs M-F Week 2) 

Old habits are hard to break! Anyone who has ever tried to change a behavior may recall the challenge with more or less success. Psychologists have been studying motivation and capacity to change for decades and now more fully understand this complex processes. Giving up one behavior (e.g., smoking) and/or starting a new behavior (e.g., exercising) require an individual to pay attention to their behavior and take action. One of the first steps of paying attention to your own behavior is tracking it! Tracking behavior is surprisingly simple, yet difficult to do. This learning activity will inform your Health Behavior Change Project.

Intention: This activity is designed to help you learn how to track a behavior. In this assignment, we will focus on tracking how you drink water, but you will use this practice to help you track other behaviors later.  First run at tracking and changing a simple behavior like water intake.

Instructions: Locate and download an app to help you track your drinking water consumption. Or if you prefer paper/pencil, you can download one of those too:   Water Journal .

If you do not want to do water consumption, UW-Madison is currently offering the Healthy Minds program app for free  UW Madison link for free app

You may use this free app for week 2 assignment AND the final project if needed.

Using your app or journal, track your intervention Monday-Friday of Week 2. [Note: tracking behavior is difficult! It is likely that you will not do a “good” job of this initially; please be honest for this assignment. You will be graded not on how accurately you track your behavior, but on how well you do reflecting on the difficulty of the experience.]

Compile your tracking notes (either screen shots from your phone, or a scanned image of your paper Journal) into one Word document, and add a 1 page explanation or description of your experience. Include any difficulties or challenges you had in tracking your behavior, and ideas of what you could change next time to do an even better job of tracking your behavior.

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