Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Thursday, December 05, 2002

Habit forming


I wonder how long it takes to form a good habit. There are a lot of little habits that would be good to have: doing some sit-ups and push-ups every day; stretching more; never skipping a day of armchair orienteering; passing on the ice cream; getting a good night sleep; and so on.

My theory is that it probably takes about 3-4 weeks to develop a daily habit to the point that it sticks.

One of my goals for the month is to do more stretching. I've never done a good job of stretching. I've never been very flexible. Getting a bit more flexible seems like a good idea. The only time I was reasonably flexible was when I was running in the forest every day. I wasn't really doing much stretching, but my theory is that the varied terrain kept me from getting too tight.

To meet my goal, I've been making an effort to spend 10+ minutes of stretching everyday. That might not seem like much, but it is a lot more than the minute or two I usually do. I'm hoping it will become a habit.

posted by Michael | 8:20 PM


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