What Healthy Habits Have You Maintained the Longest?

Out of the many ill-advised things I do (mostly involving food–I eat like I still had the metabolism I did when I was 20 years old), I’ve maintained 3 healthy habits for over a decade:

  1. I’ve flossed nightly since 1999. I decided my freshman year of college that I didn’t want to wear dentures when I got old, so I started flossing, and I’ve kept it up ever since.
  2. I’ve eaten a baby spinach salad as part of every home meal since around 2004. I read a long time ago that spinach is really healthy, so I started eating it every night.
  3. I’ve written a daily blog post (5 days a week) since 2007. 

It’s that last one–the blog posts–that inspired today’s blog post, as I recently got my annual reminder that I wrote my first blog post on LiveJournal on June 5, 2007. At the time, a few college friends were using it as a way to stay in touch, and I was trying to get into the habit of writing daily.

I didn’t know how much I’d use it, but pretty quickly I found myself writing every day. I got into a pattern–3 days a week for a while, then up to 5 days a week–and simply stuck with it. I haven’t been 100% perfect, but I’ve probably only missed a few dozen days in all those years.

I love healthy habits. I find them incredibly difficult to start and maintain, but I love that once I really fall into that pattern, it’s unnatural not to continue.

Hopefully these won’t be my only 3 long-term healthy habits. In fact, maybe now is a good time to try to pick up another. It should probably involve exercise, for which I’ve found a bit difficult to fall into a true daily pattern due to back issues. But it always feels good when I get into a good rhythm.

What about you? What healthy habits have you maintained the longest?