As the new year approaches, you are ready to finally become the healthiest person you can be! Setting these health goals is the easy part. The challenge comes in when you need to stick to your goals. No matter what your health goals are, from losing weight to drinking more water or completing a fitness routine, these tips can help you stay consistent with reaching your health goals.
Be Realistic with Your Goals
As with any other type of goal, your health goal in the new year needs to be realistic. This includes the type of goal, the details of what the goal is, and how much time you are giving yourself.
For example, setting a goal of wanting to eat more fruits and vegetables every day starting on January 1st is a realistic goal. However, switching to a completely raw, vegan diet right out of the gate might not be realistic for you.
If you want to lose weight, make it a realistic goal of no more than 1-2 lbs lost a week. If you want to lose 30 lbs in a month, you are going to be very disappointed, and extremely unhealthy and malnourished if you try to reach this type of goal.
Make Sure You Commit
Once you have set your health goal, make a commitment to yourself. There are different ways to have intention with your commitment, from getting a new journal to write about your progress, to adding different deadlines to a daily planner. This is also a good time to think about a support system and finding people to be accountable.
Set Deadlines and Schedules
Deadlines are wonderful when it comes to reaching your health goals! Instead of losing steam after a few weeks into the new year, the schedules and deadlines give you something to keep checking on. For example, if you have fitness goals, you can have mini goals, like running a mile by the end of month one, running 2 miles by the end of month two, and so on.
Think about your health goal and how you can split it up into smaller goals, then set a schedule for each of those goals that are realistic and attainable.
Find the Best Way to Stay Accountable
It is often difficult to keep up with your goals if you are not accountable in some way, whether to yourself or to other people. Here are some ways you can be accountable in order to stay motivated with your health goals:
- Tell a friend or loved one about your health goal.
- Start logging your progress in a journal or planner.
- Talk about your goal and progress on social media.
- Start a blog to keep track of your health goal.
Focus on Lifestyle Changes
The best health goals are not short-term or temporary. They are going to improve your daily habits and become lifestyle changes in one way or another. Goals like exercising more, spending more time outdoors for the vitamin D, drinking more water, improving your nutrition, and losing weight aren’t just about the short-term results, but long-term lifestyle changes. This is what you should be focusing on.