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We’ve all experienced the hopeful excitement of a New Year’s resolution: the enthusiastic determination to change bad habits as quickly as possible just to end up throwing in the towel if our expectations aren’t met within a few weeks.
How Does a Healthy Lifestyle Become a Habit?
In psychology, habits are defined as learned behaviors that happen automatically after they’ve been repeated over time. Our brain forms habits as a way to reserve effort. Not having to process the behavior in the form of individual steps and decisions makes it automatic and effortless. In other words, you know you’ve made going to the gym a habit when your attendance becomes effortless: it’s automatically something you set aside time for; there’s no thought process required. So how long does it take to get to that point?
How long does it take to form a habit?
A study at University College London recently set out to get to the bottom of how long it actually takes to form a new habit. Participants were allowed to choose a behavior that was beneficial to their health and attempt to add it to their daily routine. They were asked to give a report every day on how automatic the behavior felt. In the end, it was discovered that on average, it took 66 days to establish it as a habit.
It’s worth noting that a more difficult task took substantially longer to establish than a simple one, for example, drinking a bottle of water with lunch vs. doing running for 20 minutes. And contrary to popular belief, falling off the wagon and missing a day had no effect on the brain’s ability to form a habit, so you can leave your guilt at the drive-through window.
Small Changes Add Up!
The study provides overwhelming proof for the theory that a small, manageable change implemented over a long period of time is more effective than a burst of motivation aimed at unrealistic goals at the beginning of the year. This mindset promotes an easy transition into a new habit that’s not too overwhelming and will last much longer.
Not only was it relatively stress-free, but it also became second nature.
So do yourself a favor, forget about the New Year’s resolution and set yourself up for success right now by setting a realistic long-term lifestyle change. Give yourself 90 days to establish your habit and turn it into a new way of living that could potentially add years to your life.
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