Written By Mikkie Mills / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
Many think of January 1st as the ideal time to begin weight loss. Most of the holidays are over, so that period of indulgence is in the past. Besides, too many of those cookies and pies probably made your pants a bit tight. You don't have to wait for the New Year to embrace a new you, though. Choosing to be healthier is a year-round option.
So, if you're thinking of changing out your bad habits now that is perfectly okay. In fact, that's you recognizing a need for doing more and being better. With that in mind, create a support system for yourself by doing the following five things.
1. See Your Primary Care Physician
Start with the end in mind. What do you want to achieve, and where are you now? These two factors should drive your health plan. Discuss with your doctor any concerns you currently have. Do you suffer from anxiety? Are you overweight? Do you have trouble sleeping? These symptoms could be a sign that your body needs attention.
Allow the physician to order blood work, checking your nutrient levels and cholesterol. In addition, keep an eye on your current blood pressure readings. With all of this data, write out your goals. Talk to the doctor about what you could do to reach these milestones.
2. Commit to a Program
Going it alone is hard, so look for a program or supplementation guide to fit your aspirations. The market is flooded with diet and exercise companies, ready to help you on this journey. Each of them offers something a bit different. Spend time researching each option, talk to your doctor about them and listen to others.
For instance, perhaps you have focused on Le-Vel Thrive. Do you know anyone else who tried it? Has it worked for them? If not, then dive into Le-Vel Thrive Reviews to get an idea of its effectiveness. It's better to be informed before you set your mind to something.
3. Say No to Tech
How you use electronics could influence your eating behaviors and mental state. While not bad in small doses, objects such as phones, tablets and the television encourage passive behaviors. Rather than cleaning the house, you may be playing a game. Instead of going for a walk, you could be bingeing the latest release. Overuse, therefore, of the tech world could be contributing to your health.
Furthermore, studies indicate that excessive time on social media encourages agitation and anxiety. People compare lives and look for rewards in likes rather than spending time with true friends.
Set a goal to only spend a certain amount of time on electronics each day. Allow for an hour and no more, and put the phone and tablet somewhere out of sight. You may even set it to turn off certain applications after you reach a particular usage each day.
4. Find Your Zen
Learn to manage tension in a healthy way. When life becomes overwhelming, you may give in to the temptation to compensate for those nervous or sad feelings. Perhaps you dine on a box of cookies? Maybe you look for a glass of wine? Turn the negative into something useful. Rather than grab sweets, go for an extra walk. Get lost in a book, or do some yoga.
Focus on slowing down and thinking of the positive.
5. Check Your Friend Circle
Okay, sometimes your health is influenced by others. If you surround yourself with negative people, you may fit the same mindset. The downer they are, the harder it is for you to find a bit of light and positivity. Consider your close social circle and whether it's in a healthy environment.
You don't have to cut everyone out, but be aware of their discussions, moods and choices. Seek out people who are likely to motivate you instead.
The old saying is true, "Don't put off tomorrow until tomorrow what you can do today." If you're ready to boost your health, then talk to your doctor and set some reasonable goals. Then, find options that are likely to get you there in a safe, appropriate manner.
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Mikkie Mills is a freelance writer from Chicago. She is also a mother of two who loves sharing her ideas on interior design, budgeting hacks and DIY. When she's not writing, she's chasing the little ones around, walking her dog, or can be found rock climbing at the local climbing gym.
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.