Word of the day: Habit.
1. A settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.
This challenge is all about habits and our intentions to make them better, healthier and/or to change them all together. I like the definition above....especially the last part, "one that is hard to give up." I think that phrase can automatically evoke an image of a "bad" habit --
"I have to break this bad habit." "It's hard to give up this habit."
Wouldn't it be so cool though if we created REALLY GOOD and HEALTHY habits that are just as hard to give up. I mean...if it's a good habit...we wouldn't even think of giving it up because it would be part of a healthy lifestyle.
There is a lot of research on how long it takes to form a habit. Who knew this would be so well studied? I've seen articles citing anywhere from 3 weeks to 254 days! This challenge is 4 weeks long because it's longer than 3 weeks but short enough that everyone remains interested and focused. We are working on long term habit formation...whether it takes 3 weeks or a year. However, the only way we get there is one day at a time.
So.....just for today.....look at your list of intentions. What can you do today? How will you do it? Can you spend 2 minutes making a plan so that your healthy habits can happen today?
Whether you have exercise goals on your list or not, I encourage you to move your body today. See where you can get 20-30 minutes of movement into your day. You can break it into three 10 minutes intervals if that works better. All movement counts...especially the kind that gets your heart rate up.
As always, let us know what you did today....how you worked on your habits or anything you are struggling with.
There is likely someone else experiencing similar feelings as you. Use this network friends and GET IT DONE today. Just for today.
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