We all know good health is important. If you want to take steps to keep or improve your health, here are some good ideas for reaching your health goals.
Ben Franklin said if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. So come up with the health goals you want to achieve, and then plan how you’ll get there. Your health goals will be personal to you. What do you want to achieve?
It’s helpful to have short- and long-term goals. The short-term goals give you a regular sense of accomplishment on your way to your long-term goal.
When you plan your goals, they should be SMART:
Maybe you want to eat more healthfully. How can that become a SMART goal?
A short-term goal might be: “On Thursday after work I’ll come up with a list of my five favorite ways to eat vegetables and buy the veggies to make my favorites.”
A long-term goal might be: “Starting with my favorites, I will eat two servings of vegetables at least five days a week for the next 10 weeks.”
The goals specifically lay out what you’re going to do.
The objectives of gathering your five favorites in the next three days, and then eating five servings per week are measurable.
The goals are attainable since five veggie favorites is a reasonable number, and the long-term goal allows a couple of meals each week without veggies.
The goals are relevant since eating veggies is healthful.
The Thursday deadline and weekly tracking over 10 weeks makes the goals time-based. Why 10 weeks? Some research says it takes an average of 66 days to form a habit. It may take you more or less time.
Post your written short- and long-term goals where you can see them to remind you of what you want to do. It’s good to remember these are your goals. Keep track of what you’re measuring and your time so you can see and celebrate your progress.
How can you celebrate your progress? Be creative and have some fun! Maybe plan an outing with friends, escape for a weekend getaway or take in a movie you’ve been looking forward to.
The best time to start is… now! Good luck!