It’s time for another Austin Sports Medicine 101 class!
Whether it’s eating better, exercising, quitting smoking or any other new healthy habit, getting started is the hardest part. Statistically speaking, you’re far more likely to lapse back into your old habit during the first six months.
There’s a popular theory out there that says after 21 days of repetition, you can make something a habit. The spirit of that idea is that if you keep it up for long enough, it will become a part of your regular routine. So do set benchmarks. Twenty-one days is an excellent place to start. After 21 days, see if you can make it another 21. Before you know it, you’ll hit that six-month mark where, statistically speaking, new activities are more likely to become regular habits.
Six months may sound daunting, but think about this: after six months, the likelihood of reverting back to the old habit actually decreases. So remember, if you’re building habits that are meant to last the rest of your life, 21 days, another 21 days, 100 days, six months – they’re small numbers. Think of it as a challenge where the reward is a happier and healthier you!