How To Create Healthy Habits That Will Last Forever
Change your habits, change your life
Change is simple if you have the right tools. In this article we will give you tips to help you create healthy habits that last.
We struggle to get healthy, not because we lack motivation, but because we lack clarity. There is no magic formula if we want to be healthy, we need to:
- Eat better
- Be active
If you want to change your life, you will have to do it through repetition. When you consistently do a task for long enough, it will become second nature, which is a habit.
Most people think that you can create habits in 21 days, but this number varies from person to person. On average, research has shown that it takes 66 days to create sustainable habits.
We will walk you through the three stages of habit creation:
Once you've defined your goal, you will have set up a plan on how to achieve it. For example, if you're trying to lose weight, you might want to start exercising. It can be useful to write down why you want to achieve that goal, so you have enough clarity to stay consistent when life gets tough.
You also need to prepare a training plan and allocate some time in your calendar to work out.
You may also change your environment to match this desire. For example, you could prepare your gym bag the night before. Same thing with eating healthy, you could prepare your meals in advance so it would push you to eat healthier.
When your goal is clear and your plan is well-defined, it becomes easy to work hard. You know why you're doing and you know how to do so.
Now all you have to do is put the work in and trust the process. Be honest with yourself and don't let any excuse preventing you from practicing your habits. Your schedule won't be free all the time, so you will have to adapt. If you can't work out today, do it tomorrow.
Make sure to push yourself every time you practice your habit. For example, if you ran for 20 minutes last time, then run for 25 minutes or change the intensity this time.
It can take time before you start enjoying the process. For example, if you start working out, you may hate the feeling of pain you will experience during a workout. However, the pain you're experiencing now will be an amazing reward in the future.
It's probably why we struggle with healthy habits. Because it takes time before we can enjoy the reward. Working out will make you feel good, hours, days, month, years from now. Whereas eating this junk food will make you feel great now, then worst in the future.
Keep in mind why you're building this new habit and remember that it takes time to be able to enjoy its reward.
It can be difficult to stay on track when you're trying to build a new habit. Your progress will not be a straight line, you will have ups and downs.
This is why it's important to focus on the process and not so much on the end objective. The goal is not to lose weight, but to make fitness a lifestyle.
- Getting healthy is simple: eat better, be active, rest
- It takes 66 days on average to build lasting habits.
- Wanting: be clear and plan what you want to achieve.
- Doing: get to work and trust the process.
- Liking: it can take time before your habits become rewarding.
- Focus on the process, not so much on the end objective.
Here's a plan you can do at home: