Old research showed that you could form a habit in two weeks time. So if your goal was to make it to the gym consistently in 2013, it was thought that you only had to force yourself to role out of bed for two weeks and then it would become a habit and you wouldn't have to worry about it.
Not such a hard thing to do for just two weeks, right?
However, that two-week study is now being put to the test. It turns out that original theory came from a plastic surgeon, Dr. Maxwell Maltz. He noticed that on average it took his amputee patients about two weeks to adjust to major life task.
New studies are being conducted, however, by researchers saying on average it takes 66 days to form a habit. Now the difference between 14 days and 66 days is huge. Could you drag your self out of bed for 66 days straight? Chances are you could not, you may make it the first 14 days but 66 is a stretch.
This is where we come in! If you dont show up for a week you get email from us. If you miss enough time we call you up on the phone to get your butt back in the gym. Not to mention all your friends from class start to notice you haven't been coming either.
Here are some of my favorite tips help make a habit stick
1. Dont go it alone - Start your habit with a friend, or even better, with a group of friends. Studies show if you are accountable to others, you will be more likely to follow through.
2. Make it a priority - Whatever the habit is, you want to put it at the top of your to do list, whether it's going to the gym or eating healthier, to make sure it becomes your main focus.
3. Keep a journal - When you keep track of your daily activities you become more motivated to push just that little bit more.
4. Variety - If working out more is your goal, make sure you switch up your workouts. If running is your goal, switch up the distance or speed or route that you run. It will keep your mind fresh and always looking forward to the next new adventure.