5 Ways to Accomplish Your New Year’s Health Goals
Have you set some goals for the New Year? If so, you are already on the right track! It is important to think of them more as goals and less like resolutions, as it makes them more attainable and easier to stick to. Follow these tips for reaching your health goals.
- Be Specific About What Your Goals Are
A common mistake people make when they are setting health goals is being too general. If you simply say that a goal is to lose weight or get healthy, there are too many ways to interpret it. Instead of being so general, make specific goals related to weight loss, such as losing 10 pounds, quitting diet soft drinks, or having one vegetarian day every week.
- Have Actionable Steps
Once you have set your specific goals, you will be able to set steps that allow you to achieve those goals. This is another way it is easier to actually reach your goals. Before the New Year begins, you need to know exactly what is required to achieve your health goals, such as buying a weight scale, getting a diet journal, buying a gym membership, or gathering recipes.
- Track Your Progress
Make sure you have chosen a good way to track your progress, as that will let you know exactly how you are doing. This is important because as you see the results reflecting in less inches or dropping clothing sizes, it is perfect motivation to continue with your health or weight loss efforts. There are different ways to track your progress, such as getting a scale, taking measurements, or taking pictures.
- Find Someone to Report to
It can help to let someone else know about your goals as that keeps you accountable. Find someone you trust with this information that is either your workout buddy, or just someone you report to. They become they like a health coach, just to keep you accountable and help you stay on track. Many people find that when others know about their goals, they are more inclined to stick with them.
- Add Exercise
Even if getting fit or working out more isn’t one of your primary health goals in the New Year, getting more exercise is still a good idea. When you exercise, you are going to get endorphins which help to improve your mood and give you more energy. This uplifting energy can help you stick with the other health goals you have made for yourself.
Change the Words You Use In Your Health Goals For Better Results
You have probably heard that words have power, and in your daily goals they have more power than you think. The wording of your goals and the way you word things regarding your health goals can have a profound effect on how you feel about reaching those goals. If you are in the process of writing down your goals, or if you have written them down and aren’t seeing results, then it may be in the wording itself. Here are a few word changes that you can use in your health goals to receive better results and a more positive outlook.
Remove Negative Words
Negative words may not be something you think about when you start writing your goals. Words like no, not, will not, can’t and other similar phrases will affect your minds outlook on the overall goal. For example, avoid statements like “don’t make stupid food choices.” This is a completely negative comment that will lead your mind to a path of the choices you making being stupid and ultimately that you are stupid. Instead, change the phrase to something positive and uplifting.
For example, change the wording to “choose a health snack from the drawer when I’m hungry.” Now, create a drawer that actually has those snacks available. When you get hungry or a craving, you will see the goal and move to a positive choice instead of a negative viewpoint of yourself that may lead to depression and emotional eating.
There are certain words that can change the way a statement reads. For example, phrases like may be able to, or the word might can change how the goal is viewed. Even the word try can cause a goal to derail. Instead of saying things and setting goals like “try to go to the gym this week,” go with a more positive and concrete statement. Change the statement to, “I will go to the gym three times this week.” Now you have the goal, a concrete statement, and there will be no trying and only doing.
Remove Lengthy Explanations
Sometimes the wording is just too long. You have a goal in mind, but the wording seems to go on forever and incorporate several ideas instead of one concrete idea. Look over your goals and see which ones just don’t seem to get to the point. Find the point of the statement and rewrite the goal to fixate on that one point. Instead of saying you will go to the gym five days a week for one hour each time and work on several body areas, just focus on going to the gym five times a week. The rest can either go in different goals or will work themselves out at the gym.
The idea with changing the words you use in your health goals for better results is to remove words that will cause obstacles in your mind and in your thought process. Even when you don’t think a word will influence you, it can trigger a memory that will do the influencing instead. By following these three simple removal steps to changing the words you use in your health goals, you can find a more positive outlook and a deeper appreciation for the goals you set.