Healthy Habit of Daily Walking
How Do We Form a Habit?
We used to think a habit was formed in 21 consecutive days of doing an activity. It is now known, that it can be just 3 days to start forming a simple habit such as drinking coffee every morning. In contrast, it can take many more days, as many as 254 days, to form other habits, such as forming an exercise habit.
How Many Days to Form a Habit, Such as Daily Walking?
66 is the sweet spot. The number in which most are agreeing a good habit, such as daily walking is formed and becomes automatic.
If you walk for 21 days, miss a day or 2, it is hard to get back on track. But if you walk 66 days in a row, a habit is formed , and if you have to miss a day or 2, it’s easier to get right back into the grove without much resistance from yourself.
Set Goals To Form Your Healthy Habit
So my goal is to get in my 66 days of daily walking, as consecutively as I possibly can, and then keep on going!
My Daily Walk Reflections
- I loaded up my backpack with bottled water, snacks, a light long sleeve shirt, my phone with attached headphones, germX, and bandaids for my feet.
- I still haven’t bought new shoes, so I have to bandage up my heels before I take off on my walks.
- An elderly man questioned my backpack as I walked past him. “Camping are ye?” “No, I’m just prepared. You never know if I will come back.” I responded kinda smugly and kind of matter of fact.
- I walked up and down so many hills, past fields, cows, a couple walkers and some new sights I have never seen.
- I peed behind a few trees that lined a road. I actually peed a bit on my backpack strap. I was more embarrassed of someone seeing my glowing white, dimply butt than I was about someone seeing me urinate “in public”. Let me tell you, those red panties flew back up, but my yoga type pants had a fight going back up. They were sweaty, tired and probably a little peed on and were content with staying down. It was a struggle, but I won.
- I panted some up some of the hills and was happy I was on my way back home. It’s easier when you know how many miles it is to be back to your starting point. It keeps me positive and focused during my last few miles.
- Almost home, I passed the elderly man in his truck. He asked me, ” How many miles?” I said, “It has been 9 miles.” I was sweating, my face a bit red and tired. He smiled and said “you are tougher than me, I could have never done that”. I just replied, “I’m wouldn’t have made it without my backpack.” He smiled and nodded as he drove away.
- 9.5 miles!!
- Most I have ever walked in a consecutive, recorded walk. I am very proud of myself.
Quote of the Day
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.