How long does it really take to build a healthy habit?

Are you planning to actively promote the creation of a culture of healthy habits in 2024? You've probably heard the popular saying that it takes 21 days to create healthy habits. But how long does it really take to establish a habit?

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How long does it really take to build a healthy habit?

Does it take 21 days to form a habit? 🌱

In the 1960s, a plastic surgeon named Maxwell Maltz, who performed nose surgeries, observed that his patients took about 21 days to get used to their new self-image after surgery. The media quickly picked up this observation and altered it to the idea that it takes 21 days to form a habit.

  • In reality, the time it takes to form a habit varies.

  • Several factors play a role, such as your previous experience with the habit, your motivation, your environment, and predisposition.

  • For instance, quitting smoking may take months, while developing new habits like drinking more water might set in after just two weeks.

  • Everyone needs a personalized approach to make habits as effective as possible in aligning with their lifestyle.

Myth debunked: False 🔴

Habits in the workplace 🍎

Forming healthy habits within your organization is a process that requires dedication and time, more than the oft-quoted 21 days. After all, you don't get a six-pack in 21 days. Whether it’s encouraging regular exercise or promoting adequate breaks, every positive step contributes to the long-term goal of a culture of healthy habits.

Key insights

  • The number of days to form a habit depends on various factors such as past experiences, motivation, and environmental factors.

  • By creating a supportive culture, you can accelerate and ease this process.

  • Every small step towards a healthy habit contributes to sustainable change in company culture.

As we approach the end of our insightful journey, it's important to remember that building healthy habits is a personal and unique journey for each individual and organization. Forget the 21-day myth; instead, focus on consistently applying small changes that lead to big results. Whether you're aiming for more physical activity, healthier food choices, or improving the overall work atmosphere, every step is valuable. In 2024, you have the opportunity to be a pioneer in creating a culture of health and well-being within your organization. Let's take up the challenge and work together towards a healthier future.

Are you ready to take the first step? Contact us for a virtual cup of coffee and let's brainstorm together on achieving your health goals!