I'm often asked why I choose 6 weeks for most of my fitness programs. I usually respond by saying that 6 weeks is not too huge of a commitment. Like Goldilocks said, "not too hot and not too cold." It's just right, but this is what I don't say. Quick mathematics shows six weeks equals 42 days and I believe there is something magical about the number 40.
Personally I notice the best physical gains when I modify my training program every 6 weeks. I also know if I get my clients to commit to a health and wellness program for about 40 days it usually tends to become a life long habit and even part of their DNA
But here is some more proof there is more to this magical number which I firmly believe is part of the human experience.
A baby is carried in a mothers womb for 40 weeks
40 hours is the length of a normal work week
The 40 yard dash is used in football scouting
In fact all major religions have the number 40 featured prominently.
Forty days and forty nights was the period for which rain fell during Noah's flood
Lent consists of the 40 days before Easter.
The Israelites wandered in the wilderness for 40 years
In Hinduism their most powerful prayers consist of 40 verses
In Islam the prophet Muhammad is said to be 40 years old when he first received the revelations for the Qur'an
There are a lot more examples but it's a fascinating number isn't it? But lets find out how you capture the power of this number and use it to your benefit and get into the best shape of your life.
Many people especially those starting out fall short when it comes to making a life long plan to get in shape because it's a daunting task. Some of life's biggest goals can be overwhelming because we often forget how to eat an elephant. So how do you go about transforming your body in the quickest time possible? Use what I call a "40 day every day plan." It simply means
Make a plan to do a few specific actions consistently for 40 days that move you towards your goal.
Yup that's it, simple but powerful.
And let me tell you when most people begin give up, it's around the 3 week mark. This is when I find people beginning to waver on their commitment and intermittently training and eating right.
It's simple, you don't have to think too far ahead. If you want to lose weight or get in shape, no matter how awful you think your fitness level is, plan your training and nutrition program and do a few specific things every day for 40 days. My friends, this formula never fails. It's the one I use personally to make sure my body is well conditioned and it's how I get tremendous results when I personally coach clients.
Health and Happiness
Published On: August 06, 2008