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The Elite Daily
How To Make Working Out A Habit You Won’t Quit
BY GEORGINA BERBARI
JUNE 22 2017
Sticking with a new workout routine can be extremely challenging.
This basically means making it a behavior that comes automatically and without thought, because you’ve done it over and over in the past.
The constant repetition leads to automaticity, which leads to lack of thought.
Bottom line: Nike is onto something when tell you to “just do it.”
Listen, sleep-walking to the elliptical because of “lack of thought” sounds lovely and all, but the real question is, how long does that shift in thought process actually take?
According to a study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, it takes an average of 66 days (approximately eight to nine weeks) for someone to effectively form a habit of any kind.
But how can you make sure you stick to your new routine without ditching it within a week’s time?
Personal trainer and nutrition coach Paola Marquez gave Elite Daily some awesome advice on how to hold yourself accountable.
She says,”My advice is that you plan your workouts in advance, because this will be crucial to your success. Schedule your workouts as “meetings” adding them to your daily to-do lists. This will guarantee that you don’t forget about them and will hold you accountable.”
Marquez also suggests getting a workout buddy to join you in your new routine. Accountability is super effective, especially when someone else is counting on you to show up.