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21 Days

Online Exclusive posted Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 11:17am

It takes 21 days to develop a new habit

Turning those New Year’s resolutions into actual habits could be just around the corner.

Usually the best success comes from making small changes, one at a time. Some good examples of making small changes are, replacing one drink a day for a glass of water, introducing a new exercise into your strength routine, or get moving at least 5 days a week.

You  may not start with 30 minutes of physical activity a day but just starting your healthy habit by moving at least 10 minutes a day can get you on your way to a healthier you! Later down the road after it has already become a habit you can start increasing that time.  

With all the technology around us today our habits are changing. One great habit almost all of us could probably use these days is to decrease sedentary behavior. If we all made it a habit to spend one hour less a day in front of a television, computer, gaming system, or tablet our bodies would thank us for it.

So what do you need to make a habit this year? Are you training for a race or do you just need to be more active? The National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability (NCHPAD) is encouraging everyone to a 21 day challenge of developing new healthy habits called Habit4health21.  

You can follow NCHPAD on Twitter and start tweeting your health habits using the hashtag #habit4health21, starting January 21st through February 10th. Top participants will be awarded with a featured tweet and prizes!  

Join an online community who are all aiming to make healthier habits in the New Year.


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