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How to Achieve Your 2018 Health Resolutions
Chances are, if you’ve created New Year’s resolutions for yourself this year, you’re hoping to start new habits that will improve your health. Most resolutions that are made are ones that will improve one’s self, whether that be mentally or physically. If you’ve made these types of goals, it’s possible you’re not sure where to start or how to best work towards them. If you’ve made health resolutions this year or are thinking about taking steps to improve your health, then here are some steps to help you get on track to reach your goals.
Create attainable goals
When creating any goals for your life, it’s helpful to make sure they are SMART goals. SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. If each goal you create abides by these steps, you’ll be sure to have an easier time tracking and reaching them throughout the year. Creating unrealistic goals can be discouraging and more difficult to work towards. For example, if you’d like to lose weight, try creating a goal of losing a certain number of pounds each month rather than saying you’d like to be a size 6 by the end of the year. With goals like these, you can evaluate them each week or month to see if there are any improvements or alterations you should make.
Start by getting organized
The easiest way to get into the mindset to get healthy is by getting more organized. This could mean creating meal plans, workout schedules, or doctor’s appointments – whatever fits the goals you set for yourself. In my opinion, the number one way to organize your way to a healthier lifestyle starts with time management. Whether you want to lose weight, eat healthier, or improve your health conditions, all your goals will be easier to manage if you create a schedule for yourself that you can conveniently see, add to, and edit. I recommend finding a scheduling app to keep on your phone so you can glance at it whenever and wherever you need to. With a written out schedule, it will be much easier for you to hit up the gym, avoid eating out last minute, and more.
Do your research
In order to ensure you’ll be able to effectively reach your goal, make sure to do some reading up on what it is you want to achieve. Try to find resources made to help people with lifestyles such as your own so you can best understand what methods will fit your needs. Now that the Internet is the prominent source of information, you’ll have no problem finding a site or blog that is aimed to help people in your situation. Some sites to take a look at to help you get a better understanding of resources you can use include Wellness Mama, 12 Minute Athlete, and hims. On sites like these, you might even be able to find products to help you reach your health goals. For example, hims has items like these that combat hair loss.
Make sure you have everything you need
Now that you’re all organized and have your goals planned, ensure that you have all the supplies and resources you’ll need. For this step, take a look at your personal goals and make a list of items and information you’d need to get started. For instance, if your goal is to gain control of any health issues, make sure you know how many health appointments you’ll need throughout the year, that you have the money or insurance information ready to go, and that you have trustworthy doctors to visit. Once you have all your supplies and resources at hand, you’ll be ready to rock and roll.
Track your progress
As you begin working towards your health resolutions, it’s essential to consistently track your progress. This might mean weighing in each week or keeping a journal of weekly goal achievements you’d like to hit. As mentioned in the first bullet, this will make it easier to adjust any of your long-term goals if you realize that your short-term goals are occurring quicker or slower than you anticipated. Additionally, once you’ve completed the year, tracking your progress will allow you to truly recognize how far you’ve come.
Over to you
What are some of your health goals this year? Inquiring minds wanna know!