52 Weeks of Healthy Habits

There has been much debate as to how long it takes for something to become a habit. Some claim that it takes 21 days for a behavior to become a habit. Others have disputed this with the theory that it takes at least 66 days. Regardless, habits take a while to form. Like anything, it takes practice–and a lot of it.  Good habits that is. This post is about forming HEALTHY HABITS for your mind, body, and spirit.

Listed below are 52 Healthy Habits.  The idea is to practice ONE Healthy Habit a week by building it into your daily routine. Then, you are to add another Healthy Habit the next week, and then another the next . . .

arrowI decided to list out all 52 Healthy Habits (scroll down to bottom). That way, you know what you are getting into.

Oh, didn’t I mention: this is a CHALLENGE.

Who doesn’t like a good challenge?  Your goal is to end the year (365 days later) having mastered all of the following Healthy Habits. You can also pick the order of your habits (it is not necessary to complete in the order given).  To make things easier, I encourage you to use this 52 Healthy Habits Assessment Chart (it’s free!). Complete this when you begin and then at the end of each quarter.


This free 52 Healthy Habits Assessment Chart lists out all the 52 healthy habits with corresponding assessment boxes–you click off one of the following for each habit: (1) Mastered It, (2) Work in Progress, (3) Off the Wagon, or (4) Not Yet Attempted.

Each quarter you will add up the totals for each with the AIM to MASTER THEM ALL.

You will be so on top of your life that you will want to share this with others (and feel free to do so)!

Click here to receive your free copy!



Are you ready?

52 Healthy Habits:

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water per day.

  2. Calculate and track your calories.

  3. Incorporate morning meditation or stillness into your day.

  4. Make your bed as soon as you get up each morning.

  5. Take your vitamins.

  6. Exercise 2 – 4 times per week.

  7. Do not eat after 8 p.m.

  8. Cutback on and then eliminate processed foods.

  9. Give or get a hug every day.

  10. Be current on all your doctor appointments.

  11. Get up from your desk every hour to stretch and/or take a quick walk.

  12. Replace some of your work stretches with squats.

  13. Do 25, then 50, and then 75 sit-ups every day.

  14. Create a positive affirmation about your goals and say it out loud every day.

  15. Eat 3-7 cups of vegetables and fruit each day.

  16. If you don’t have something nice to say, do not say it at all (this includes self-talk).

  17. Establish a budget and savings goal. Stick to it.

  18. Use a meal planner and write out your week’s meals in advance to stick to diet.

  19. Get to bed earlier: lights out by 10 p.m.

  20. Have an attitude of gratitude. Every day, recall something for which you are grateful. Thank God for these blessings.

  21. Get up earlier each morning. Start with 15 minutes, then 30, and work up to 1-2 hours earlier.

  22. Reduce and then eliminate breads from your diet (one cheat day per week).

  23. Implement regular date nights with your significant other.

  24. Reduce your television watching by replacing that time with a hobby or reading.

  25. Spend one-on-one, quality time with each of your children and spouse (or loved one) every day.

  26. Eat together as a family every week and stay seated at least 30 minutes for quality discussion.

  27. Open the door for strangers entering or exiting a building.

  28. Eliminate soft drinks.

  29. Put a little money away each week for your savings.

  30. Give someone a compliment every day.

  31. Bring your lunch to work to save money and eat healthier.

  32. Have a To-Do list written out for your next day.

  33. Tackle the hardest thing on your To-Do list first.

  34. Implement regular date nights with your significant other.

  35. Create a set place for everything (your keys, papers, bills, clothes – everything).

  36. Always put things back where you found them.

  37. Hang up or put in hamper your clothes each night.

  38. If you see something on the floor of your house, pick it up and place it where it belongs.

  39. Limit your credit card purchases for emergencies and pay off credit cards.

  40. Purge items in your household quarterly; donate, recycle, or throw away.

  41. Track and get in 10,000 steps per day; use creative methods to do so.

  42. Floss your teeth every day.

  43. Pamper yourself weekly (e.g., long baths, nails done, reading a book).

  44. Listen to motivating, spiritual/religious, and/or educational segments on commute to/from work.

  45. Know and maximize the times of day when you are most awake and energetic.

  46. Spend time visualizing the life you want and the goals you want to accomplish.

  47. Always eat breakfast—and a healthy one at that.

  48. Educate yourself on a new subject, hobby, or skill.

  49. Laugh and laugh a lot. You may be surprised how stressed you feel when you don’t have laughter in your life.

  50. Have friend time often. All work and no play will make you productive but lonely and unfulfilled.

  51. Eliminate sugar (one cheat day per week).

  52. Be happy with and like yourself.

CLICK HERE: Don’t forget to get our 52 Healthy Habits Assessment Chart.


2 thoughts on “52 Weeks of Healthy Habits”

  1. Great stuff Kristin, love this! 🙂

    You’re right that forming a habit can take a varied amount of time, depending on many different factors. That’s why it’s best to start with just 1 or 2 healthy habits that you want to form so as not to overwhelm yourself.

    I love this list you’ve provided, some great ideas here. I currently use habit tracker app ‘Strides’ to help me track mine too!

    Loving the content, keep doing what you’re doing 🙂

    PS – On a related note, I’m on the hunt for feedback for my new show The HERO Podcast! It’s all about creating healthy habit. The episode with Derek Doepker may be of interest to you where he discusses how to make lasting changes. You can check it out (and maybe leave a short review if you like) here: http://apple.co/2kjNoGN

  2. Luke, thank you very much for your kind words and encouragement. I will be sure to check out your podcast — it sounds very interesting! I will also be checking out the Strides app. Thank for the recommendation. 🙂

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