Any change, health-related or otherwise, will not persist in the long term unless you take the time to understand habits and how they work. Use the following 4 tips to improve your odds of success in accomplishing your New Year’s Resolution.
1. Connect with a health mentor.
Having someone in your life that you trust, that can hold you accountable, and that can give you practice guidance can keep you on the path to optimal health.
2. Look beyond weight-loss and exercise.
Even though reaching a healthy weight is a critical part of Optimal Health, it is only one component. If you do not address other facets of your health—like your mental and financial health—problems in other areas of your well-being are likely to affect your health.
3. Follow a reasonable plan.
The grand promises of fad diets and workout routines may be tempting, but in practice they are rarely sustainable. Adding 250 extra steps to your daily walking routine will produce slow and consistent results, which is preferable to following the break-net pace of an explosive DVD set for a week and then quitting.
4. Failures do not mean that you failed.
Setbacks are inevitable. There will come a time when you give into a temptation or miss a workout. Do not lose heart. Talk to your health mentor or coach about the challenge you faced, learn from the experience, and continue on your path to Optimal Health.
Whether you are just beginning your journey toward Optimal Health or are looking to refine areas of your health in the New Year, don’t forget the power of habits. You can defy the statistics and achieve your goals—with the right mindset.