Did you know that it takes 21 days to form a habit? It doesn’t matter if it’s a good or bad habit either. Just three weeks for that daily bar of chocolate to become part of your routine. Three weeks for you to convince yourself that your full fat morning latte is an essential part of your life.
But also, three weeks for you to get into the habit of taking the stairs every day instead of the lift. Three weeks for you to force yourself to get off the bus or train one stop earlier, lengthening your walk to work. Three weeks to get used to parking your car in the furthest space from the entrance when you go to the supermarket so that you have farther to travel with your shopping!
Little adjustments to your lifestyle, diet and exercise routine all add up – and can work both ways.
We all know that healthy habits including regular exercise, eating nutritionally sound food and avoiding harmful substances make absolute sense, after all its common sense that the salad is a better choice than a pizza! Or travelling by bicycle is a better choice than a car!
It’s putting these good habits into practice and sticking with them that make the difference. And healthy habits can not only improve your general well-being, but their impact can be far-reaching regardless of your age, gender or physical ability.
Of course, bad habits are often hard to break, but once you adopt a healthier lifestyle, stick with it and get into the habit you will start to see and feel the changes which will help with your mindset and behaviour. It won’t happen overnight – but 21 days is all you need.
Reduce caffeine intake at night
Eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day
Get a good night’s sleep
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