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Bad habits hard to overcome

September 6, 2013
By KAYLA VAN DYNE - Times Leader Staff Writer , Times Leader

A HABIT is defined as a recurrent and often times unconscious pattern that is obtained through repetition. Habits, whether they are good or bad are hard to break but with determination, they are actually easy to aquire.

Studies have proven that if you do something continuously for 30 days, it will become a habit, even if it is something as small as making your bed every morning. The hardest part of this is getting the motivation to do it everyday, even it is something so small. There are some mornings when you just don't want to or wake up too late. Creating these habits will balance your day and make you more motivated to pick up and kick other habits.

The motivation and the self-will is even harder if you are trying to break a bad habit such as smoking. There are several options to break this habit like going cold turkey, cutting back or getting assistance from gums and patches.

The hardest part about breaking habits, especially this one, is how it fits into your daily life. This habits needs to be replaced with something better.

Many people give excuses as to why he or she doesn't start habits like going to the gym. Everyone makes excuses as to why he or she doesn't go to the gym or even just work out. Some of the most common excuses include not having enough time, not enough energy or not sure where to even begin. A lot of these excuses can be easily shot down. There are now 24 hour gyms for those who work late, working out is suppose to boast energy levels and the internet is full of guides and routines to help those who don't know where to start.

Exercising, much like making the bed, will become habit after 30 days and will be easier everyday to complete.

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