So how is that New Year’s Resolution working out for you? Did it establish into a healthy habit or did it quickly fall by the wayside as quickly as a teenager can devour a bag of Doritos?
Researches tell us that if you want to establish a habit in the most successful manner, you must do the same activity for 21 days until you get the habit set in stone. It may seem like work at the time but if you are tenacious about your health, you will do yourself some good while improving your quality of life.
This was emphasized to me once again a couple of months ago when my best friend from childhood dropped dead of a massive heart attack when he was only 47 years old. Essentially, it came without warning but when you do an examination of the circumstances, it wasn’t totally without surprise.
Let’s call him Tom and he has been overweight most his adult life. His favorite places to eat were always the sports bars like Buffalo Wild Wings and the like and he never exercised. On top of it all, he had a high stress job that required him to work all the time and live out of a suitcase on a regular basis. In fact, his company was getting ready to set him up an apartment in another city because he was traveling there so much.
All of that combined would have a good chance of putting anyone into an early grave. Unfortunately, it was my old friend that was the victim of the circumstances that led to an early and untimely death. If his death serves to motivate people though, it won’t have all gone to waste.
My hope is that you take the unfortunate outcome of my friend Tom and use it as motivation in order to get off the couch and get on the road to a healthy lifestyle. If you have failed at your New Year’s Resolutions and you really don’t have a beach trip planned for the summer to motivate you, then use Tom’s example to get you going.
All it takes to start is 5 minutes a day. You won’t stay at such a low level of activity but I’ve started people off in as little as 1 minute a day. My argument is that you can do anything for 1 minute a day, so start there and then increase it every week until you get up to something that will do your heart good like 30 minutes to 1 hour per day.
If you can keep up this type of activity, even if it is just a few minutes a day for 21 days, you will establish a habit that will stick like glue. Wouldn’t you rather have a higher quality of life, healthier body, and a longer life? To me, that’s a good reason to get up in the morning.