How to Achieve Your Health Goals in 2018
Every January, gyms and other fitness facilities see an increase in attendance due to individuals setting New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, get fit, and improve overall health. Unfortunately, only 8% of those who make resolutions actually achieve them. If you’ve had challenges in the past and are trying to reach a new level of health and wellness this year, here are some tips to help you start and achieve your goals.
Hire a professional
When you need help fixing something you can’t fix, such as a broken down automobile or household appliance, you hire a professional. If you’ve tried to change your fitness and nutrition habits in the past and have had little success, hire a personal trainer and a Registered Dietitian whose job it is to help you develop a personalized plan to achieve your goals. There is no one-size-fits-all.
Find an accountability partner
There will be days that are harder due to stress, family dynamics, unexpected medical issues, and job responsibilities; however, if you have someone you can lean on to help pull you out of a rut, you’re much more likely to stay on track, prevent a relapse, and reach your goal. Find someone reliable that already has healthy habits in place.
Write it down
Food journaling is a simple step anyone can take requiring just a few minutes each day. It has shown to be a very powerful tool for weight loss and weight maintenance because it helps with accountability and makes you more aware of what you’re eating. A 2008 study in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine showed that participants who consistently tracked in their food log for six months lost nearly 50% more weight than those who tracked once or less per week.
Physical fitness, weight loss, improved lab values, less stress, and improved mood are rewards that can result from your new behavior changes; however, these changes do take time. To help stay motivated, reward yourself when you meet smaller weekly goals. Simple rewards could be a massage, tickets to a sporting event or movie, new kitchen gadget, or a new book.
Don’t put it off
There’s never a perfect time to start eating healthier and exercising more. Don’t wait until after the next holiday to start. These same yearly holidays will be around next year and you might have more on your plate at that point making it even more challenging to get started. Start now and prove to yourself that you can achieve success with multiple barriers. This will build confidence and make it easier when unexpected events occur later down the road.