Do you have health goals for the New Year? If so, congratulations! You are taking positive steps to improve your life. It is easy to feel motivation when setting goals but following through sometimes proves to be a struggle. We have tips to help you stay on track with your 2017 health aspirations:
Use the right recourses.
You don’t want to be caught up in fad diets and exercise trends that don’t produce results. Consult your doctor to find out what your specific health goals should be. The USDA also offers a number of online resources that can help you identify realistic, measurable goals.
Take it slow.
Long-term health success takes time. It’s not a race to improve your cholesterol or lose weight. Throughout your process you want to gain healthy habits that you will maintain for the rest of your life, even after you hit your goal. It’s understandable to want to see results immediately but unfortunately that is not how a continuous healthy lifestyle is achieved.
Remember your motivation.
What drives you to want to live a healthier lifestyle? Are you uncomfortable with your weight and appearance? Do you want more energy to enjoy time with family and friends? Do you have a disease that can be treated with weight loss? No matter what your motivating factors may be, remind yourself of them each day. Working towards your goals won’t be easy, keep yourself inspired.
Be prepared for lapses.
There will be days when your goals seem very far out of reach. It is important to keep pushing though you want to give up. On days where you aren’t feeling motivated, remind yourself of why you set goals in the first place. It is also important to take it easy on yourself. Everyday doesn’t have to be perfect as long as you don’t lose sight of your ambitions.
Remind yourself of your desired outcome.
Write notes to yourself describing how your life will positively change when you hit your goals and hide them around your house. They will serve as little boosts of motivation when needed. Visualize yourself as a happy, healthier person. Tell people you trust about your objectives and discuss your progress. Don’t let a day pass where you lose track of what you want. You have the power to change yourself, don’t let it fade away!
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