Forming a Habit

Whatever the time of year, there’s never a better time to start something new than today. This is especially true of self-betterment. When it comes to exercise, your body will thank you in the long term with improved fitness  and higher longevity, and you might even make a few friends along the way. In this guide, we’ll help you boost your confidence and motivation, and help take care of those small issues such as sweat stain removal from your clothes.

Forming the habit

It’s generally known that with any new habit, it can take as long as two to eight months to feel fully comfortable doing it as part of your routine. Of course, this time span differs from person to person. A lot can depend on your motivation, but it’s the discipline of doing a new thing every day that forms the habit eventually.

Our advice is to start small, and build from a five-minute practice upward. Some go in with the idea of putting in the maximum effort from the beginning, but this approach can lead to burn out, tired muscles, and a loss of willpower  . It’s better to wade in slow:   just the act of being in the gym, even if you don’t touch a machine, can help set in habits that will grow as time goes on.

Finding the Time

Trying a new hobby can be time consuming at first, and with busy day-to-day habits already set, it can sometimes be difficult to squeeze a new routine in. The best thing to do is to find a time that suits you, and dedicate it to your new habit. A lunch hour, or before dinner, can be the best time to try something new – unless you’re an early riser who hits the gym first thing in the morning. Of course there is a balance to maintain, so try not to overwhelm yourself. Simplifying your life before you add complications can be a source of energy, so take out time you’d spend on unproductive tasks if you can. Setting a time every day, or other day, will also help establish a routine. For instance, scheduling a walk at 12pm is much easier to remember than a vague ‘I’ll go for a walk today’.


Because exercise can be quite strenuous, it might be a good idea to begin on weekends, either early on Saturday or Sunday, or even try a short burst during lunch. This will also give you more time to recover, and more time to fit new exercises in. As for what you do, just find something fun! Swimming, running and cycling are popular forms of exercise,   but you can also try interesting variations such as yoga, aerobics, or spinning. There may be more classes you can attend on weekends, and health and sports clubs are generally at their busiest on Saturdays and Sundays. Beginner’s schemes can be great templates for starting out.

Sweat Stains

When you’re beginning to sweat after a healthy bout of exercise, you will soon find your used clothing will pile up, creating a bigger laundry load. For some, all this extra sweaty washing will  present a problem, but fortunately with Vanish stain removal is easy  , and can help you leap over the problematic hurdle of sweat stains.  

Follow these removal steps for sweat stains:

  1. With Vanish Oxi Action Gel, soak the garment in four litres of warm water. Use around 60ml of Vanish to get the job started.
  2. Soak the item for up to an hour, or up to six hours if your clothing is white.
  3. Finally, place a 60ml dose of gel in a washing machine, and wash your clothes as always.

That’s one thing taken care of! Kickstart your self-improvement today with Vanish!