Most people set New Year’s resolutions, but any day is a good day to set a goal. Turning another year older often gets people thinking about their health and what they can do to feel better and live longer. That’s why your birthday is a great time to set a new personal goal to stick to.
Deciding On a Goal
Being healthy means more than a number on a scale. It’s all about how you feel inside and out. There are so many possible goals to set that picking just one to stick to will be the hardest part.
Some ideas include:
- Being more active.
- Eating healthier foods.
- Drinking the recommended amount of water.
- Losing a set amount of weight.
- Eliminating an unhealthy habit such as smoking or drinking.
- Focusing on your mental health.
Making a Plan to Tackle Your Goal
Once your goal has been decided on, you have to figure out a way to achieve it. This might mean joining a gym or signing up for a sports team if your goal is to be more active. If healthy foods are on your mind, choose a diet plan that is realistic for you to stick to. Research products that make staying healthy easier, like fitness watches and water bottles that track your fluid intake.
Enlist the help of loved ones that can support you on your health journey. Maybe a friend wants to lose weight along with you so you can keep each other motivated. Some health journeys require professional help from a trainer or doctor that specializes in a particular field. Don’t be afraid to seek assistance from others. You might be surprised at how many people are willing to help you on your journey.
Set a Time Frame
Whether you’re looking to reach a goal by your birthday, or you’re using your birthday as the starting point on your journey to better health, make sure your time frame is realistic. Losing weight should be done on a slow and steady basis to ensure that the weight stays off. Shedding pounds too fast is not only unhealthy, it can be very stressful and the last thing you need around your birthday is to feel stress.
The most important thing to remember when starting a health journey is to be kind to yourself. Changing unhealthy habits can be challenging and the fact that you want to do better and be better is something to be proud of. Expect that there will be some setbacks but don’t let them discourage you from your goal.
Choosing to be healthy for you is a big step and one that should be applauded. Making such a monumental decision around your birthday can help you stay focused and give you a greater sense of purpose. We all only get one ride around this earth so we may as well make it the best ride possible.