Good habits are easy to break. Bad habits are hard to break. Good habits require energy. Getting to work on time, leaving work on time, exercising, eating right, phoning friends instead of watching TV – all these require thought and action.
It can take years to see the effects of any habit, good or bad. My fitness was best when I lived alone in Knoxville, Tennessee. Five days per week, right after work, I swam laps at the YMCA and/or worked out at the gym. My Y and gym memberships included some personal training, and the trainers were fairly good. Thanks to their coaching, which always emphasized form – and thanks to a lot of practice – my strokes and endurance improved, enabling me to perform well on a master’s swim team. As TaeKwonDo instructor Michael Reade likes to say, “Practice makes permanent.” I didn’t have a TV, so I wasn’t able to watch my favorite shows—“Buck Rogers in the 25th Century” and “Battlestar Galactica” – unless I was visiting friends.