Well we’re almost through month number one of the new year. How is everyone doing with their New Year’s Resolutions? If you’ve made it this long I would guess you have a good chance of achieving your goals. The trick to success simple. Most resolutions involve some sort of habit formation. Whether it’s work out more, eat healthier, do better in school, or whatever it is you NEED to make it a habit.
If your resolution is to go to the gym every other day then you just have to make the gym part of your routine. Studies have shown that it takes 21 days to form a habit (which is why if you’ve made it this long I strongly believe in you). But how do you make it a habit?
The absolute key, in my opinion, is to do it at the same time everyday. You need to decide a time that will work every day and make that your dedicated “gym time” and nothing will change that. For example, I get out of school at 2:50pm and I go home and get a quick snack and then go straight to the gym. That’s the routine. If I miss a day because I’m sick or something I feel really weird and know I’m supposed to be there. And if I decide to go later I feel “off” on my workout and it’s not as productive. This way when you get home you know what you’re supposed to do, you don’t keep procrastinating and saying “I’ll go in an hour” because, trust me, you will never get there. Your body also gets used to knowing what time it’s going to the gym and prepares itself so you get a much better and productive workout. As a side note, this is great for doing homework as well. You know when you’re supposed to do it and your mind gets “geared up” and your studying is much more productive.
But on the other side of things, if your anything like me and you miss even one day or two, that habit you worked so hard to form will get a little shaky. It throws your schedule off and it’s hard to get back in the groove. So stick to your goals and make it a habit, it really pays off.