Started a fitness program and then quit after a week or two? Maybe your motivation for starting wasn’t right to begin with? Maybe you didn’t know your physical limitations or set unrealistic goals? Or maybe you haven’t developed a habit of working out and staying healthy?
In this article, we will discover how to build healthy habits and make it stick for longer than 1 or 2 weeks.
Many people believe that to create a healthy habit it takes from 21 days to a month, and that’s where the issue is. People try to stick with something for 21 days and it doesn’t get expected results. It’s very similar to those 6min workouts that give you a six-pack kind of myths, 21 days it’s not enough time to create a habit that sticks.
Phillippa Lally is a health psychology researcher at University College London. In a study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, Lally and her research team decided to figure out just how long it actually takes to form a habit. The answer?
On average, it takes more than 2 months before a new behavior becomes automatic — 66 days to be exact. And how long it takes a new habit to form can vary widely depending on the behavior, the person, and the circumstances. In Lally's study, it took anywhere from 18 days to 254 days for people to form a new habit.
Now that we have this information clear let’s talk about the habits that we can form to improve our lifestyle, mood, physical appearance and overall health.