Intentional Living

How to Stick to Your New Year’s Health Goals

February 1, 2020

As the first month of the new year ends, you have either nailed your health goals for 2020 or you’ve started slacking… Setting these health goals is the easy part. The challenge comes in when you need to stick to your goals. No matter what your health goals are, from drinking more water or completing a fitness routine hopefully, these tips can help you stay consistent with reaching your health goals.

Be Realistic with Your Goals

As with any other type of goal, your health goal in the new year needs to be realistic. This includes:

  • the type of goal,
  • the details of what the goal is
  • how much time you are giving yourself

 

For example, setting a goal of wanting to eat more fruits and vegetables every day starting on January 1st is a realistic goal. However, switching to a completely raw, vegan diet right out of the gate might not be realistic for you. 

If you want to lose weight, make it a healthy-realistic goal. Instead of wanting to lose pounds in a month, break it up into a few months and make your lifestyle sustainable.

Make Sure You Commit

Once you have set your health goal, make a commitment to yourself. There are different ways to have intention with your commitment, from getting a new journal to write about your progress, to adding different deadlines to a daily planner. This is also a good time to think about a support system and finding people to be accountable to. 

Set Deadlines and Schedules

Deadlines are wonderful when it comes to reaching your health goals! Instead of losing steam after a few months into the new year, schedules and deadlines give you something to keep checking on. For example, if you have fitness goals, you can have mini-goals, like running five-miles by the end of month one, running 10 miles by the end of month two, and so on. 

Think about your health goal and how you can split it up into smaller goals, then set a schedule for each of those goals that is realistic and attainable.

Find the Best Way to Stay Accountable

It is often difficult to keep up with your goals if you are not accountable in some way, whether to yourself or to other people. Here are some ways you can be accountable in order to stay motivated with your health goals:

  • Tell a friend or loved one about your health goal.
  • Start logging your progress in a journal or planner.
  • Talk about your goal and progress on social media.
  • Start a blog to keep track of your health goal.

Focus on Lifestyle Changes

The best health goals are not short-term or temporary. They are going to improve your daily habits and become lifestyle changes in one way or another. Goals, like improving your nutrition and spending more time outdoors for the vitamin D, aren’t just about the short-term results. They are for long-term lifestyle changes. This is what you should be focusing on.

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