I think everyone is in search for that one thing that will magically help them to reach their fitness goals in a matter of days.
Unfortunately, that type of technology just doesn’t exist—unless we’re talking about surgery. Even then, there is quite a recovery period and a lot of upkeep required.
What if I told you there was something you could do that would make the journey to your fitness goal much easier? It won’t do all the hard work, and it won’t go to the gym for you every day, but it can change how difficult you find the process of getting healthier.
I’m sure you’re wondering what this ‘thing’ is. The ‘thing’ is the 21-day rule. If you’ve heard about it before, great! If not, stay tuned for some inside information on how you can make reaching your fitness goals so much easier.
What is the 21-day rule?
Basically, the 21-day rule is a guideline for you to follow in order to get into the habit of exercising and eating more healthily. Many doctors agree that it takes 21 days for a person to form a new habit.
So, whether you’re trying to wake up earlier, eat more healthily, exercise daily, etc., it will take your body 21 days before the action becomes a habit to you.
How does the 21-day rule work?
This method of getting in shape works because once you turn a diet and exercise regiment into a habit, it’s no longer just a means to get in shape. It’s a lifestyle.
Why did you used to eat bad food and not exercise? It probably didn’t have anything to do with the fact that you didn’t want to workout, but rather because that’s what you had been doing for so many years. You did things a certain way because it’s the only way you knew.
The 21-day rule completely rewires your brain into finding this new way of living to be what you should be doing every day. By making a habit out of your previous difficult workout and diet regiment, you are taking away your ability to lose self-control.
What’s the catch?
Honestly, there is no catch. The only difficult part about this regiment is that you have to spend 21 days eating healthily and exercising daily in order for it to work. That means no cheat or rest days.
The only ‘rest’ day you can have is when you only walk on the treadmill at the gym for about 30 minutes on your typically scheduled off days.
This is so that you can give your muscles time to recover, but you’re still making it into the gym and letting your body know that you should be there.
Why should you start the 21-day rule immediately?
There are more benefits to the 21-day rule than just getting into the habit of eating right and working out on a regular basis. Here are all the reasons you should ditch your current fitness regimen and start the 21-day rule right now.
1. You’ll make a lifestyle change
With the 21-day rule, you’re not changing your routine for a short amount of time—just to lose weight—before reverting back to your old habits and gaining everything back.
You’re changing your whole life. This means that you’ll stick to they way you’re living life during these 21 days for much longer than just those few weeks.
2. It’s beneficial in many ways
You’re not only benefiting from being able to eat more healthily and exercise more, you’re also benefiting medically, within your relationship, and it’s better for your mental health. You’ll realize how much better you feel when you want to exercise and eat all those healthy foods.
3. You’re more likely to stick to your goals
When something is a habit for you, you’re going to find it incredibly easy to stick with and you won’t have as many setbacks.
Sure, after the 21 days are up, you can throw in a cheat day and a couple of rest days, but getting back into your routine after a few slip-ups will be that much easier.
4. You can even make a change for your family
Your family can also make a change for the better. The odds are, if you’re buying healthy foods and are exercising more and being active, they’re going to have no choice but to do the same. Okay, maybe they won’t hit the gym as much, but they’ll have to eat more healthily, and that’s the first step.
5. It’s worth it
The 21 days will be hard: you’ll have cravings, you’ll be sore, you’ll be too tired for the gym, but, in all honesty, it’s worth it.
Every bit of struggle that you face within those first 21 days is worth it in creating a healthy lifestyle for yourself. If you’re consistently having a difficult time sticking with a diet and exercise plan, then the 21-day rule should be your first step.
Getting in shape and staying healthy isn’t always easy. Luckily, the 21-day rule can help to kick-start any health and fitness regimen so that you can succeed in it.