The following article was a great discovery that may help all of us in achieving those desirable good habits that will contribute to a happy, healthy and fulfilled life. Flossing is one of the habits! Thanks for visiting Texarkana Endodontics. Enjoy reading!
Given the time of year this is, motivation and resolution making is at an all-time high. That's why I thought it might be useful to break down the 7 most popular good habits from this list and describe the science behind making them happen. Let's begin!
Before I took a look at the top results, I tried to predict a top 5 and only got this one correct…because we all knew this was going to be here! Going to the gym/exercising more was far-and-away the most desired good habit, with nearly 9,000 more people wanting to achieve it than the second place habit. It's easy to understand why: regular exercise is like an elixir for your overall health. It plays a role in so many aspects of your well-being (both physical and mental) that we all hold it as a habit worth pursuing.
There's only one problem… it's one of the harder habits to form and it also takes a while for it to stick: research from the University College London found that regular exercise was significantly trickier to do regularly for participants, compared to easier habits like drinking a glass of water every morning. Their research suggests that it takes at least 66 days for a regular exercise habit to form. Worse yet, science has shown us that exercise is a "long game" if you're looking to see results (but hey, deep down we all already knew this).
How to form the habit: Since the biggest challenge for exercising regularly is how long it takes to form the habit and to see lasting results, reducing friction and increasing motivation are of paramount importance. Honestly, I've yet to come across a better "tool" for establishing this often difficult habit than a method recommended to me long ago by a professional fitness trainer. Take an oldschool flip calendar and tape it to your gym locker (or put it in your gym bag) and put a big "X" on the date every time you go to the gym. I have the luxury of leaving it up on my gym's whiteboard, and I've noticed that not only will this encourage you to get down to the gym more often (since the calendar tells no lies), it also allows you to be more honest with yourself about how often you've gone.
Last tip: Focus on getting in and out, because the research says that people who spend too much time "measuring" results (through mirrors and scales) are more likely to de-motivate themselves.
I noted above that I removed some of the easier/more basic habits from the list, so you might be wondering why this one is making an appearance. Not only was it legitimately popular, but it's also a habit that's a lot more important to your health than you think. A number of recent studies have shown that there are some strong ties between gum health and heart health. It's even been suggested that taking care of your gums can help reduce the risk of strokes!
"There are a lot of studies that suggest that oral health, and gum disease in particular, are related to serious conditions like heart disease."—Sally Cram, DDS & spokeswoman for the American Dental Association.
Plus, the dangers of bad breath can not be understated…
How to form the habit: Flossing is a habit that we often make out to be way harder than it should be. First things first, if you hate using traditional floss, use things like Plackers instead (they're disposable and incredibly cheap). Next, since I'm going to assume you brush your teeth everyday (you better!), you need to start associating flossing with hitting your bathroom sink for brushing time, and "if-then" situation if you will. Make it so that you must floss before you allow yourself to brush your teeth (it's better to floss first anyway). This will set you up for long term success, because habits largely depend on "cues," and you'll be cued to floss when entering the bathroom to brush your teeth.
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