21 Days To Form A New Habit
Have you heard that it takes 21 days to form a new habit?
I have heard some people say it takes 27 days and some 61…
Seriously, how long does it really take to form a new habit? I’d like it to be the shortest one but there’s more to the number and it’s a lot easier said than done. (that’s my humble opinion)…
Anyway, I’m not and expert and so I went and searched online, and I do have this article to share with you:
Start Your 21 Days to Form A New (Running) Habit
“When you want to start a habit, don’t tell yourself you are doing it for life, tell yourself (your conscious brain) that you are going to try it for 21 days. For example if you want to start the habit of meditating tell your conscious self that you are trying it for 21 days. Now, when you have completed this for 21 days your conscious mind has the choice of stopping it or carrying on, or so it thinks. Your neural pathways have formed already and you will more than likely continue with your new habit, you will have seen the benefits along the way your unconscious will want to continue if it has been beneficial.
This can also work when trying to break a habit, however research has shown that the neural pathways to any habit could be lifelong and a cue or a trigger can cause us to start back up an old habit, like smoking.
That said, must we need to apply this to get ourselves to start running? Of course, it doesn’t hurt to give it a try.
Got 21 Days to Form A New Habit Or Not?
When I started running I was lucky enough to have a group of runners at work. They do run everyday before the shift begins. I joined them one day and have been running since. I have done six Los Angeles marathons to date and did half-marathons, 10K’s, 5k”s and relays as well.
I can’t remember if it took me 21 days to form a hew habit in running but I know I focused on doing it one day at a time. That’s from a guy who never did any sports or any running regimen growing up and not even in college. In fact I started in my early 40’s.
Now, you may want to join a support group of runners to get started. Check your local sporting goods or specialty running stores. There’s plenty of them around or at least get your friend, significant other or a family member, etc to keep you going with motivations and encouragement on your quest for 21 days to form a new habit – that is running.
If you already are into running give some love to someone wanting to get started will you. Twenty-one days may be a challenge to some, but that little push or pat in the back will always help get them going forward
OK, keep on running and help someone into 21 days to form a new (running) habit jump-started!