It doesn’t take very long to establish a bad habit. In fact, probably only 2 to 3 days.
For example, if on your way to work you drop in at your local coffee haunt on Monday, then again on Tuesday; chances are you are going to instinctively drop in again on Wednesday. (Typing this while sipping on said coffee from said haunt!!!!).
Unfortunately bad habits are easy to establish. Good habits, not so much.
In fact, some say on average it takes 28 days to change a habit. This of course is not a number set in stone, but the time frame it takes people to generally notice change in their habits.
When it comes to working out and seeing change in your body, well, this takes even longer!
After about 3-4 weeks you have developed the habit of training and eating well (if you stick it out that long) and this is when you get emotional results. The physical stuff doesn’t really show until about week 6. After 8 weeks your energy is up and then by 12 weeks your body has started to change.
I suppose my point is that shit tends to take its time! And we live in a world of impatience. We want everything NOW.
I’m a perfect example of this. The minute an idea pops into my head, I don’t want to wait a few weeks to carry it out, I must do it immediately.
Very bad habit.
So, now I get to the point of the post. I am going to take on a new approach to changing habits. Not just ones related to my fitness and health but to my life in general because I think that’s where we go wrong in this whole process.
We want to look like the perfect specimen (think Candice Swanepoel) but we want to look like that now! Reality check… that aint going to happen!
We want to feel good, fit, healthy, want our skin to glow, our hair to shine today… but we chowed down on nachos last night and our tummies are bloated as hell. So once again, not happening.
We need to first learn patience, mindfulness and find peace in our thoughts before we can translate this into actions. We need to learn that its ok to take time, we can reach our goals, 12 weeks isn’t such a long time in the big scheme of things and patience will allow us to push through and not give up so quickly.
In order to do this, I’m going to find my inner peace and learn how to be mindful.
So begins the ‘10 days for 10 minutes’ challenge. For 10 days I will incorporate one 10 minute activity into my daily schedule that will bring me a sense of mindfulness. Something that will force me to stop, breathe, and just be. I feel this will help me discover the importance of mindfulness and I will eventually have the ability to transfer this skill into other aspects of my life, ie. health and fitness.
After the 10 days are up, I will carry on the original activity and add another activity to the schedule. This challenge will go on for 30 days; about the time it takes to change a habit!
Check back in tomorrow to find out about challenge 1, and in the meantime, think about this…
Why is it important to be mindful? Well, what’s the alternative? Mindlessness?
I know which I prefer.