Consistency and Habit Formation

Consistency and Habit Formation

For anyone who may have stumbled across this blog you know by now that I am the worst at publishing consistently. I was supposed to do a content challenge a couple weeks ago and post something new everyday for a week. Half way thought I got sidetracked by some stuff going on at home and at work and completely forgot about the challenge. Here it is a week and a half later and I finally decided to write something. Consistency is something I struggle with in many aspects of my life. But all kinds of empirical research shows that consistency is the key to habit formation.

If you go out and do a quick search on habit formation you will find all kinds of different time frames for how long it takes to form a new habit and the answer comes up that it takes from 21-66 days depending on the behavior one is trying to modify or form. So this leads me to ask what habits do I want to change or form to feel better and more healthy.

The first habit I would like to look at is how to build a new workout routine while working from home and while the swimming facility is closed. The only exercise I have ever really been consistent with is swimming; low impact and high return of health benefits for the time spent. As mentioned in another post, Fitbit was giving access to their Premium service for 90 days at no charge. I was going through the offerings and noticed that there are a lot of low to mid impact exercises available and the time range is from 10 min to 1 hour.

It is time to be real, I probably wont work out for 1 hour outside of the pool. I am just too easily sidetracked. So the realistic goal is to do 30 min workout sessions. In my case it usually takes at least 30 days to get on a new workout routine. The real trick is to find a time of day that I will actually do the workout. Early morning is not going to be realistic so it is going to have to be after work. In my case, right after work is best or I start doing something and never “find time” get the exercise in. It all sounds like a good idea, but will I do it. One day at a time and we will see how this goes.

The second habit I want to take a look at revolves around sleep habits. I struggle with getting good sleep but I have heard that meditation can really help with letting the body know it is time to wind down and shut down. Sounds like a good idea, I have done mediation from time to time but again I am just not consistent. Now I need a bedtime routine. The habit pattern would look something like this; bedtime is in one hour. It is time brush my teeth, read my book, and then do a 10 minute meditation.

These are the two habits I am going to tackle in the month of May. The one thing I have found is that if I take on too much change at once it becomes overwhelming and then I end up doing nothing. If these two changes start to take root then I can move on to other goals. Consistency is going to be the key.

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