Once you have set your health goals, it is essential that you start thinking about what you can do to ensure that you reach them. With that in mind, below I have put together some of the most effective ways you can use to reach your health goals this year. I hope they help you along our journey to a fitter, healthier you in 2023.
Get Your Head in the Game
If you want to effectively reach your health goals this year, then you need to make sure that you have your head in the game. If you are not mentally ready for the challenge, you are likely to fail. One of the first things to address is your thinking. You should identify and change unhealthy thinking patterns that sabotage you.
Another way to prepare psychologically is by getting yourself psyched up. For instance, you could use a vision board. This allows you to visualize concretely what you want to accomplish. Additionally, you can study the path of people who are where you want to be; they can be the role models that prove to you that your goals are achievable.
Set Yourself Up for Success
One of the things that can help you set yourself up for success is to gain some expertise. You should learn all about the process related to achieving your objectives. So if you want to run a marathon this year, for example, reading up on the best running techniques will be useful.
If you want to commit to a cleaner diet, you should research the best foods and ingredients to incorporate into your meals. Or if you want to get your Pilates certification, then learning more about physiology and how movement affects the body would be a sensible way to get you ready.
Be Realistic about Your Pace
Another effective way to reach your health goals this year is by being realistic about how long it will take. You may have lofty goals of running a marathon despite never having run as far as the next block or even climbing Everest after conquering the local hill. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. However, if you want to achieve a big goal, you should learn about its journey.
You should be willing to put in the effort to meet smaller milestones along the way. This will prepare you for your ultimate goal. If you are not realistic, you may try to do too much too soon and end up failing. What’s even worse is that you may push yourself too hard and injure yourself. View your goal as a marathon, not a 100-meter sprint. So take it easy and remain steady if you want to win your own personal race.
Bring a Friend Along for the Ride
Numerous studies have shown that people are more likely to stick to their exercise regime, diet, or other significant health goals when they tell someone about them and when they have a buddy come along on the journey with them.
So, find a friend who also wants to run a marathon or a family member who is also looking to build muscle or change their diet this year. Convince them to come along for the ride. If no one is interested in joining you, ask them to be your accountability buddy. They can just be there for you while you check in and update them about your progress. Involving people in your health goal increases your chances of success.
Just Do It
Of course, you won’t reach any of your health goals if you do not actually get out there and start. Just put one foot in front of the other and make that first. Remember that “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” And after you get started, just keep moving so you build momentum because keeping going is hard once you stop.
As you can see, there are numerous effective ways to reach your health goals this year. Be mentally prepared for a challenge, set yourself up for success, be realistic, involve people, and just get started. Here’s to making 2023, your healthiest year yet!
To a Fitter Healthier You,
The Fitness Wellness Mentor