And how goal setting can transform your health for the better
The biggest mistake people make when setting health goals is that they aren’t specific enough.
They know they want greater energy, vitality and longevity, but they don’t know how to construct a plan to get them there.
That’s why in this blog, we’re sharing key insights into goal setting and how you can apply them today.
But before we get into it, we want to invite you to do this free 5-Day Goal Setting Challenge that was created by our sister company, Big Domino Marketing.
This challenge will help you set and achieve your health goals without stress and overwhelm.
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Why set health goals?
It seems an obvious question, but there are many people who have never set a goal related to their health in their lives.
With work and family responsibilities taking up time and attention, some people genuinely struggle to find the motivation to exercise or prepare home-cooked meals.
Risk factors include obesity, sedentary lifestyle, rampant sugar consumption, high levels of alcohol consumption and smoking.
So when you consider that many of these are preventable, it makes sense to set goals to offset the risks.
What goals should you set?
To prevent overwhelm, we suggest setting one or two health goal per category below.
1. Physical health and exercise goals
Choose a manageable goal in this category that will get your body moving. You might decide to go for a 30 min walk every day, or add 1km to your running fitness per week.
These goals should be tailored to your current level of fitness (or unfitness) and should be realistic for you to achieve.
It makes no sense to do an intense workout and then be too stiff to move for the next three days.
If you are unaccustomed to exercise, start with a sensible walking plan to get your body used to moving regularly. There are also loads of fun fitness videos on YouTube that can introduce you to bodyweight exercises. These are great because often all you need is a small space and a yoga mat.
Your goal might be to stand up after every 40 minutes of sitting at your desk. Sitting all day is incredibly detrimental to one’s health. We wrote an entire blog on how to be healthier at work, which you can read here.
Decide on what you want to achieve when it comes to improving your fitness, and then give yourself a reasonable timeline to achieve it.
2. Healthy eating goals
Stick to natural, whole foods that can are filled with vitamins and micronutrients.
When setting your eating health goal, keep it simple and easy to accomplish.
Some ideas you can consider are:
– Eating one additional fruit or an extra serving of vegetables per day
– Swap bread for rice cakes
– Swap rice for quinoa
– Don’t go back for seconds
– Only have sweet treats on a Saturday and not every day of the week
– Make a superfood smoothie in the morning
For more help, here are some blogs about healthy eating:
3. Mental/emotional health goals
This is one is often overlooked when it comes to health. As a Western-influenced society, we place great emphasis on physical appearance. This means that we’re more likely to want to look good than to feel good.
Remember, health is multi-faceted and our inner thoughts and feelings are just as important as our outward appearance.
There’s no point fitting into size 8 jeans if you’re miserable with your life.
If you struggle with strong feelings of unworthiness and deep depression, we highly recommend that you seek the assistance of a trained professional.
But even if you’re not afflicted by a mental health condition, it doesn’t automatically mean you’ll be happy.
You might be chronically stressed, surrounded by toxic people, caught in a habit of judging others and criticising and have a tendency to feel anxious.
The good news is that most of these are actually habits that can be transformed with a bit of self-help.
We suggest that you set a health goal around improving your outlook. It might be to spend less time in the break room gossiping about your colleagues, or practising yoga to relieve your stress and anxiety.
Think of a goal that can help you feel more positive and uplifted.
You might decide that you want to write down three things you are grateful for every day in a gratitude journal. Or your goal might be to volunteer at an animal shelter (giving to others boosts our feelings of self-worth). Or perhaps you’ll read an inspiring book to keep you focused on possibilities, and not problems.
Over the past few years, we’ve seen a massive increase in people looking to better their health and prevent disease.
We’ve always said that health should be your #1 priority, because, without it, every other achievement in life is diminished.
Stay consistent and don’t give up just because you have one bad day.
The key is to set health goals that will give you more energy and vitality and then put a plan in place to achieve it.
Remember, you can join a free 5-Day Goal Setting Challenge here.