The REAL # of days it takes to create a habit

The REAL # of days it takes to create a habit

The REAL # of days it takes to create a habit

By Published On: July 21st, 2023
Do you ever feel like creating healthier habits, especially in the summer (exercising, eating better, etc.), feels much more complicated than it should be?

If you do, you’re not alone.

I was chatting with a client about this topic earlier this week.

Our best intentions can go out the window when schedules and holiday time are more relaxed! 

The truth is, it all comes down to one thing—your MINDSET.

Once you get your mindset right, everything else falls into place.

Fun fact: Did you know that having a positive mindset can help you make healthier choices and live longer?

Even better: You don’t have to be born with a positive mindset. It’s something you can create and strengthen over time.

We’ve all struggled with mastering new habits like meal prep (and eating the meals we prepped), sticking with a new workout plan, getting up earlier, reading more, etc.

Well, have you ever heard the saying that it only takes three weeks to make a new habit? Or 21 days to make it, two days to break it! I am still determining who created that formula, but guess what?


It actually takes NEARLY THREE TIMES LONGER than that – depending on the person, the habit, and the situation.

A study from Australia found that, on average, it takes about 66 days to develop a new habit.*

This news makes my clients feel better, and I hope it does the same for you. The longer timeline takes the pressure off being “perfect” out of the gate.

Creating a new habit can be challenging, and you can end up with unrealistic expectations – like having it mastered in just a few weeks.

Good news! The study also showed that missing a day or two doesn’t mean you’re back to square one in creating the habit.

Be prepared to slip up now and then, and when you do, get yourself back on track as soon as possible.

Eventually, it WILL become easier, especially when you start to see the results of all your effort!

Lasting changes take time – so whenever possible, make sure you enjoy the ride and those lazy days of summer! 

It’ll increase the likelihood you’ll own that new habit.

Play on!

Your friend and coach,
Jan xox

PS: Whenever you are ready, here are three more ways I can help you PLAY for life:

  1. Click here to grab a copy or listen to the Audible version of The Play Book: How To Get In The Habit Of Good Health
  2. Join the FREE 7-Days of Healthy Habits Course that can help you starting today.
  3. If you want to schedule a strategy session to map out a path to your goals in the shortest (and healthiest!) way possible… I’ve set aside time for 3 people this week to help them create a plan for success.

    —> If you want one of the 3 spots (they’ll probably go fast) – just hit “reply,” send me your name, or click here to book a call, and we can set up a time to chat.

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About the Author: Janet Omstead

To re-ignite people’s passion for play (movement) to fight chronic disease while improving their quality of life as they age.

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