The Importance of Creating Habits and Routine

Katherine R. Arlinghaus, Craig A. Johnston

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One of the greatest challenges to lifestyle medicine is patient adherence. Lifestyle diseases inherently require lifetime prevention and treatment. Therefore, adherence to lifestyle medicine recommendations must also be long-term. Long-term adherence implies that a routine incorporating health recommendations has been developed. Instead of focusing on the immediacy of adherence in lifestyle changes, health care providers could consider helping patients develop a routine to slowly incorporate those changes. This perspective may enable greater long-term adherence to lifestyle change recommendations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)142-144
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Lifestyle Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

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  • adherence
  • habit
  • long term
  • maintenance
  • personalization
  • structure


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