Setting goals is very important in achieving what you want in life, especially when it comes to your health. You can make yourself a healthier person by setting smart, healthy goals. And it’s important to not only be able to physically achieve what you want; you also have to be ready to mentally achieve it as well.
Here are 5 common health goals many people start out with. Using these as idea starters, they may spark goals that specifically fit your needs and lifestyle.
1. Running a race
Start by deciding when you will be training, then follow through with it and soon you will be finishing that 5K, half or full marathon you’ve always wanted to accomplish.
2. Reduce your waist size
Instead of focusing on the scale and losing body weight, try losing a couple inches around the waist. To accomplish this goal, try having a healthier diet and exercising at least 30 minutes a day.
3. Cut out the unhealthy foods
It is hard to suddenly cut all junk foods out of your diet, so try removing processed foods from your diet for just a week, then maybe two weeks, and so on. Soon you may notice the change becoming a habit.
4. Eat more fruits and veggies in a week
Everyone knows the saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, well there’s a lot of truth in that saying. Adding a fruit or vegetable to your meals can make a big difference in your health.
5. Learn a new sport
Learning a new sport is a great way to stay in shape, get exercise, and be entertained. And you don’t have to learn how to play football for your new sport, it can be something like canoeing or mountain biking. Make it a goal to get into a new sport, you never know, it could become your new favorite hobby.
Now that you know how to set your own healthy goals, you have to follow through with them. It is very common for people to set goals for themselves, but they end up not sticking to them.
When putting a plan together, take a look at all the factors that could be contributing to your current state of wellbeing, including stress, diet, amount of exercise, to name a few. Then put a plan together and set a goal to conquer the negatives and work toward the positives.
The next step would be to ask, can I really see myself really achieving this goal? Your mind is the controller of your whole body and often what stops us from achieving our goals a lot of the times is our mind.
An easy way to set goals is to make sure they are SMART. This stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-based. So, when setting your goals, make sure to:
- Specify what you want to achieve and how you want to achieve it
- Measure how you’ll know you’ve reached your goal
- Ask yourself, is this goal possible?
- Recognize if your goal is realistic for you
- Tell yourself when you plan on reaching that goal
As humans, we are capable of amazing things, but we have to believe we can do it. In order to achieve your goals, you have to not only physically work on it, but mentally too. Check out these 13 things mentally strong people avoid. The mind is the most powerful part of the body; use it to its full advantage!
And 9Health Fair can fit into your health goals by giving you a baseline to see how you are doing and where your numbers are compared to previous years. Make sure to attend a 9Health Fair this spring; your body will thank you. Find a fair near you and register today!
Share with us what your health goals are and how you achieve them.