Creator of the habit loops theory, behavioural analyst & fitness instructor David Hawkins arrives in London to walk a general audience step-by-step through complex ideas in psychology, to learn why a smoking habit is so much easier than building an exercise habit, and what valuable insights that provides us for making exercise habits easier, more fun and automatic.
For one time only, learn how the simple habit loops perspective will reinvent how you view fitness. Fall in love with exercise this Summer with verified science, engaging stories and inspiring studies. With the habit loops theory of habit development you’ll learn the concrete distinction between what makes a habit evolve effortlessly into your life, and what makes it a gruelling challenge the entire time.
What is the ‘Habit Loops’ Theory?
Inspired by the simple habit loop paradigm in Charles Duhigg’s bestselling book, The Power of Habit (free as a gift at event!*), David began to apply the process to his clients’ routines and was surprised when it worked for certain behaviours, but not others.
After some careful research and empirical testing he realised that habits fell into one of two categories. Whether a behaviour was repeatedly executed, or repressed after a reminder, the key differentiator was dictated by the anticipated consequences of the action - whether or not that anticipation was accurate!
It turns out that most of us have an irrational over-sensitivity to anticipated pain in exercise (impact bias), and the solution lies in executing low-commitment ‘fast habits’ for long enough to allow the brain to recalibrate and desensitise to this reflex. This holds the answer not only for developing lasting habits, but for also falling head-over-heels in love with exercise.
To make things more challenging, however, our expectations of what is required for habits to last frequently fall short when behaviours fall into the repression loop. In the talk, David will explain why this is through the study of affective forecasting, how it differs from habits that become routine (conscious vs unconscious), and what exactly is happening on a neurological level.
"Complex ideas in psychology are carefully defined,
integrated together and translated into actionable
takeaways for a general audience."
The Routine Loop (1) illustrates simply how most naturally occurring habits (such as smoking and tying shoelaces) circumvent conscious awareness, leading us to underestimate the work involved in building habits we choose. Whereas the Repression Loop (2) illustrates simply how desired habits such as exercising can often trigger conscious awareness with anticipated pain, repressing the behaviour unless tirelessly executed on free will alone. This is the reason why people repeatedly fail to develop fitness habits that last.
These processes within the brain are not under our control; they are systemic. David clearly outlines his solution to these problems in his 2 hour talk, 'Habit Looping' to Fitness.
Psychology Terms Explored & Defined in this Talk:
Grow your psychology toolkit this Summer by learning the most important psychological theories and concepts from behavioural psychology, woven coherently into your very own actionable habit plan:
- Ego depletion.
- Psychological repression.
- Affective forecasting.
- Future blindness.
- Impact bias.
- David’s concept of ‘Fabits’. (Fast habits.)
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Why Should You Come?
Can’t explain what really makes smoking habits so much easier than exercise habits?
Want to know why we can’t rely on willpower alone in the early stages of developing habits?
Learn what causes behaviours to trigger the repression loop, and how is can be reversed into long lasting and self-reinforcing routine loops.
Learn why it’s not rewards & punishment which builds lasting habits, but rather the ability to reframe your perception from perceived punishment to perceived reward.
If these points pique your curiosity even a little, you absolutely won’t want to miss our launch event with David on July 14th at our venue in the heart of London, at Piccadilly. This is David’s only presentation planned in London so don’t miss the opportunity to reinvent your fitness life this Summer. We are limited to only 50 seats in our comfortable conference venue, so please get your ticket as soon as possible. It will be lots of fun, so hope to see you there!
At Fit3 Talks, scientific truth is of utmost importance, so all speakers will share a linked online document to referenced studies, concepts and resources explored throughout the talk. This is for audience members who wish to fact-check and/or explore ideas further in their own time if they wish.
*Fit3 Talks Freebie:
As it's our launch event we decided to do something a little special, so every person who buys a ticket will receive a free copy of the New York Times bestselling book on habit development - The Power of Habit!
It has no less than 1,935 reviews on Amazon.com (last count), with a 4.5 star average. But crucially, it was the book that was pivotal in David's thinking, and explores the science of habit development in a comprehensive way that a 2 hour talk simply can't. After the talk this book will crystallise ideas, reinforce attitudes and keep you cognisant of how on top of your habits you really are.