Health goals are what you need for 2023. Health goals give you a purpose, a direction, and help track progress.
Making resolutions for the year is a deed of the past. Somehow they just don’t work out.
People make them at the start and for most, it’s broken within a week, for some in a month, and for others by march. In fact, I feel resolutions are made to be broken. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule.
What I prefer instead is making goals. Goals are Simple, doable, and challenging at times. For goals, keep you going. They keep you focused.
The key to setting good health goals is to have S.M.A.R.T. goals.
S.M.A.R.T. goals stand for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and timely goals which means the goals need to be very specific so that they can be measured. The goals also need to be easy yet realistic to be achieved in a specific time duration to make them meaningful.
So here is my top 10 health goals list for 2023 for you:
1. Make yourself a priority:
Most people tend to put others before themselves. They make others like partners, families, kids, etc a priority, and somewhere down the line stop giving priority to themselves. What they forget is that even though they are important and it doesn’t mean you become selfish.
2. Make time for self-care:
Self-care is taking action about improving your health. It could be as simple as taking a social break, creating me-time, journaling, etc. every day. Even if it is for 15 mins, it is worth it.
3. Go local and eat seasonally:
If we talk of nutrition goals, this will definitely top the list. So head over to your local market, connect with local vendors and farmers, buy local, and eat what is in season. Wondering how to eat seasonally? Stay tuned I keep posting about seasonal ingredients. Buy local ensures better food quality, lesser food miles, and lesser carbon footprint and also strengthens our local economy.
4. Reduce packaged foods
Packaged foods including bread, biscuits, noodles etc are often loaded with salt, sugar, etc. In the last couple of years, the consumption of these products has gone way too high. Having said that not all packaged foods are bad but to find out if they are good to consume turn the pack and read the food label.
5. Get adequate sleep:
With the whole lockdown, its aftereffect, and the “work from home” scene. The number of long hours, odd schedules, and disturbed work-life balance has hit a lot of people. Sleep has been most impacted and that definitely is bound to impact health. Make sure you get adequate sleep.
6. Move More:
Invest in a pedometer or just use a fitness app and achieve your step goal every day.
7. Make time for regular exercise:
Exercise has many benefits and exercise doesn’t mean going to gyms. You can work out anywhere with or without equipment too. Choose an activity you enjoy so it becomes more fun than mere activity.
8. Write a gratitude journal:
Write down everything, about everyone who you are grateful for, and make sure you write every day in books or journals. Then wait and watch the beautiful change in you. Gratitude journaling is also a form of self-care yet it is so much more.
9. Ensure that you consume enough water:
Just like sleep, many people take water for granted. So this new year make sure you take in enough water every single day. Get yourself a cool water bottle or a water reminder app if needed
Take 15 mins of your time and make sure you meditate in whatever way suits you best. Meditation helps a lot in ensuring great mental health.
So what are you waiting for? Create your list of health goals and share them with me in the comments below.
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