The beginning of the year is a time people use to focus on new health goals. Many people have a hard time sticking to those goals and making them last long term.
The team at Cameron Wellness Center wants you to be successful in your personal goals. Here are some helpful tips for you to stay engaged in your goals, whatever they may be.
Set small, obtainable goals instead of large overwhelming ones.
Example: If you want to start exercising more, choose 2-3 days a week to go to the gym or workout from home instead of 7 days a week. Hire a personal trainer to work with, or find a workout program online.
Example: If you want to start eating healthier. Choose one unhealthy food to replace with one healthy food per week. Instead of eating a bagel for breakfast, try a green smoothie (recipe below)
Example: If you want to start meditating; aim for 5 minutes 3-4 times a week instead of long hours of sitting. Download an application on your phone to help. Headspace, Insight Timer, and Calm are all great apps that all have free versions.
Don’t do it alone
Come in and meet with our newest team member, Katrina. She can help you through making nutritional changes and reach your other health goals by providing health coaching and resources. Our acupuncture team can help achieve your goals and help you feel better, ask about our new Community Acupuncture days
Creating a support group is so valuable when it comes to changing health behaviors.
Find a group exercise class, talk with coworkers, family, or other friends. Chances are that they are all trying to make changes as well.
Be kind to yourself
Perfection is unrealistic. We all have days that we didn’t meet our dietary goals, exercise goals, sleep goals, etc. That is OKAY. You can just start back up tomorrow.
It is ok to eat a brownie every once in a while as long as you are still replacing your unhealthy foods with healthy ones. Having a treat does not make you a failure. There are many healthier alternative sweets that you can replace with unhealthy ones.
Put a reward in place
Getting healthy is a reward in itself, but that does not mean it is the best motivator.
Be careful when choosing a reward though, it is easy for this reward to push you out of your good habits. Instead of rewarding healthy eating with candy or sweets, try rewarding yourself with a massage, facial, or spa day at the Cameron Wellness Life Spa. Try to choose something that feels celebratory but won’t set you back in your health goal.
Take healthy snacks everywhere.
One tip to healthy eating is to make sure you aren’t getting so hungry that you become desperate for any food you can find. Try making trail mix (recipe below) for a less expensive snack that can be eaten on the go. Nuts, vegetable sticks, avocado, olives, nut butter, and fruit are all great on the go snacks.