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asetting_health_goalsHealth Goals are More Than Just Diet and Fitness

It seems you can't listen to the news without hearing some story about health problems. Despite the fact that more and more people are becoming aware of the importance of healthy lifestyles, we continue to ensnare ourselves in unhealthy eating and living habits. Healthy living is a desire for most, but it seems that only a few can actually achieve it. The rest of us can only conceive of healthy living as an unattainable feat. The first step towards living a healthy life is setting health goals.

Health Goal Setting

The main reason for setting health goals is to know what you're going after and why you're going after it. Goals will also help you be accountable. Health goals will help you keep focused by aligning your actions to correspond with those goals and forcing you to plan a way you'll achieve results. There are fundamental guidelines to follow when setting health goals.

Identify Specific Goals

There are different reasons why people may want to change their lifestyles to healthier ones, For some, it may be to improve their body image. Others might want to raise their self esteem. Still others want to improve their general well being. Most would advise you to base your goals around one of the three reasons mentioned above. After that, you can break your goals down into smaller, measureable pieces. For example, if you want to improve your body image, you might begin by trying to loose 10% of your total body weight. It may seem like a small amount, but even a few pounds of weight loss will result in looking and feeling better

Measure Your Goals

If you would like to see any real progress, it's imperative for you to be able to measure your progress. Generally feeling good about yourself is not enough. You will truly feel great if you are able to measure where you've come from, how far you've moved along and how much more you have to go. Creating measurable goals will be more realistic and help you keep track of your progress.

Set a Timetable for Your Goals

Having a timetable or finish date will help you keep track of time used and wasted and also how much effort is put into seeing your goals come to fulfillment. This can be done by ticking the days that you worked on your goals and leaving the ones where you didn't blank. At the end of the week, you'll be able to make an evaluation of how keen you were on seeing your goals come to pass. Have a finite objective with a date attached. For example, you may want to try eating vegetarian meals for one week or commit to working out 3 days a week for one month. Start with small goals and get bigger as you are motivated by your success.

Set Achievable and Realistic Goals

It would be a disappointment to set goals that are way too high for you to attain. These unrealistic goals will only serve to discourage you and leave you feeling empty at the end of the day. Begin with small goals. Although they are small, at least you'll count these goals as achievements once you accomplish them.

Choose Someone to Help You Be Accountable

It is so easy for you to start out at the beginning with a lot of fervor then lose it somewhere in the middle. Slowly but surely you'll soon be slipping back into your former unhealthy lifestyle. This is why it's important to make yourself accountable by sharing your goals with a trustworthy friend that will support your efforts. Make a plan to report to this person regularly so that you feel responsible for your goals.

Health and fitness goals will benefit us greatly in the long run, but to accomplish them, we must be prepared to pay the price.

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