Developing Healthy Habits for Life

November 8, 2018

Having a healthy lifestyle is only possible when you start transforming your knowledge on how to live healthy into a daily habit.

Why is it important to develop good health habits?

Habits are who you are. These are things that you do daily without thinking too much about it. As you’re doing them on a regular basis, they became part of who you are.

Establishing health habits early on can help build a good foundation in your life. They can help you reach your goals and avoid unnecessary wasting of time. Plus, they are more powerful than motivation. For example, you may not feel like working out but since it becomes a habit, you do it without thinking too much about it.

Establishing Healthy Habits

The good thing with habits is that you can build or change them.

Whether it’s working out or eating healthy, you can start building healthy habits that can benefit you in the long run. This also goes to say that you can break any unhealthy habit you have.

Below are some hacks to help you get started:

  1. Give yourself 66 days to stick to a habit
    Contrary to what many people believed, it actually takes more than 21 days to establish a new habit and make it sick.  The 21-day rule is a myth and is believed to have originated in a study among patients who underwent plastic surgery.

 

  1. Follow a system
    In his popular book, The Power of Habit, journalist Charles Duhigg mentioned about the system in building a habit. You have to have a cue, a routine, and a reward.

 

  1. Change your ‘all or nothing’ mindset
    Don’t quit if you mess up for a day or more. Missing an opportunity or opportunities won’t break the process. Just pick yourself up and try again the next day.