According to an article in the Huffington Post titled How Long Does It Actually Take to Form a New Habit? (Backed by Science), Dr. Maltz takes on the so called myth of doing a task everyday for 21 days before it becomes a habit.
In the article it put people to different tasks, including running 15 minutes before dinner or drinking a bottle of water with their lunch (which would be great habits for everyone to form) 🙂 to find out what the data suggests.
What it found is doing something for 21 days is easy for people to remember and catchy to repeat while talking about habit formation. Instead, they found out it took people anywhere from 18 days to 254 days for people to form a new habit.
While it’s nice to think there is a silver bullet that everyone could adapt to form good running habits, it’s not “real world” to think everyone could adapt to one set of running habit patterns.
Some set their running shoes next to their bed to give them a friendly greeting in the morning. Some find time over their lunch to stay committed. Others find time in the evening while kids are sleeping. Many find comfort with finding a running partner to keep them accountable.
What habits have you implemented into your running training? Whether you are just getting started to lose a few pounds, are a 5k warrior, or a 1/2 to full marathon medal collector, what have you found to be your “habit-building” activity?