Forming A Habit

If we are to go by the thought of ’21 days to make a habit’, I have it cracked!  I would officially be in the ‘habit’ of excercising. Habit – a routine subconscious behaviour.  Since starting my little blog in a bid to motivate myself to keep up my bid to become fitter and have a healthier lifestyle, I have either ran or went to the gym 3/4 days a week.  In fact I did it 5 days this week.  3/4 is more achievable, I’m not going to set the bar too high just yet.  As I said in my previous post consistency is my goal at present.

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There is conflicting research to state that in fact it takes more than 2 months before a new behavior becomes automatic — 66 days to be exact.  66 days to form a habit.  At the moment exercise doesn’t feel like a chore to go out and get it done.  I think I am actually enjoying it.  So it may not be subconscious just yet but it’s getting easier.  WIN!!

One problem I did encounter is that I was going doing my exercise but I had no focus.  My main target had been to show up. Once that was done I just rolled with it.  “Fitter” is difficult to measure as it is not a definitive goal.  I went to one of instructors in the gym that I have membership in, discussed my situation, returning to fitness etc and he did up a specific plan.  It is a short-term plan due to only getting back into it but we will review it again in three weeks time.  I go in now and I know exactly what I need to do.  It cuts procrastination in half.

The weather in Ireland has been absolutely fabulous the past two weeks!!!  It is so good to see.  It has made going out running so much easier.  No second thought required if I’m free to go.  I have not been using any app or watch to track times or distance.  The trails that I have been running are roughly 5k.  I am no longer needing to take a little walk in between now so that is my measure of progression.  Small achievements but achievement nonetheless.

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“A year from now you may wish you had started today.”
― Karen Lamb

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