Tips to Achieve your Health Goals

August 30, 2021 3 min read

Health is something you carry throughout your entire life. The ups and downs of jobs, family relations, and hobbies can often distract from health, but its’ importance remains. Health can be taken for granted, and maintaining your health is synonymous with living a full, comfortable life.

Tips for increasing and maintaining your health are universal, so make sure you pass the information along to your loved ones.

 

Where to Start?

Setting yourself up for success is essential to getting on the bandwagon and staying on the bandwagon when prioritizing your health.

  • Try to set specific and measurable goals. Goals that are too vague not only lend less motivation, but they don’t let you ‘check it off.’ A goal worded like “eat more vegetables” is not nearly as measurable as “eat one more serving of vegetables per day.” Having measurable goals will give you a sense of success as you go along.
  • Set attainable goals. Shooting high is fun, but it can be easy to become discouraged if you’re never even close to obtaining your lofty goals. So instead, set goals you know you can accomplish and step up the intensity over a few weeks or months. 
  • Incorporate steps into your big goals. According to Ohio Health, picking apart big goals such as losing 50 pounds into steps like “no more ice cream in the house” and “walk 5,000 steps per day” is essential.
  • Set relevant goals. Take an internal survey of what would help you in your life. If you have a goal on your list that doesn’t directly contribute to your life improvement, remove it and save it for later when you have more momentum.
  • Set timely goals. Goals can often stretch out into infinity, and putting time restraints on them can keep your improvements on track.

On the Journey

Maintaining your health will reap you benefits throughout your life. But, according to Ohio Health, once you have your goals in hand, you should remain persistent. Nobody is perfect on their journey to better health, and successful people are the ones who refuse to quit. If you “mess up,” make sure you regroup and bust the bad habit before it grows out of control.

If you’re struggling to stick to your plan, make sure you include some friends or family in goal-setting. Even if they’re not participating in your activities, they can hold you accountable. Keeping a daily journal can also help you monitor your little successes. Then, as you grow, looking back at where you started can be excellent fuel to the fire.

Humans are very reward-motivated. When you reach your goals, take time to celebrate how awesome and dedicated you’ve been. Purchase some new tennis shoes or take time for yourself. With persistence and rewards, momentum will build.

According to Ohio Health, taking one day at a time is key to making your newfound health a “forever” thing. Habits can take more than three months to develop, so give yourself the grace to have good days, average days, and bad days before picking yourself up and moving forward.

The journey to health is an endless – yet forgiving – journey. There is always room for improvement and another chance to start over with more accurate goals. Becoming a healthier you isn’t always easy, but it is worth it.



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