Written By Precise Portions / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
Unless you know where you are going, you will never know when youve reached your destiny. Health goal setting too requires a destiny or target, a route to reach it and markers along the way to mark your progress.
Read an article on health or perhaps you've heard an inspired speech on health and are raring to go? Stop! Wanting to get a grip on your health is a good thing it is your ultimate target. But before you begin, to have a good chance of success, you need to be setting health goals. This article will show three actionable ways to achieve a healthy lifestyle or healthy weight by setting health goals.
# 1 Physical Activity: Channel Your Enthusiasm And Begin Small
If you have just joined the local gym, unless you are used to brisk walking, jogging, running, cycling, etc., don't hit the treadmill or other equipment at full throttle start slow and set yourself a tiny day-one target such as walking speed: 4Km/Hr for 500 meters. Increase the speed to 5km/Hr and distance to 1 Km the next day and so on.
During the first four days you may use the same set daily target. Thereafter, lengthen the time frame before setting new targets.
Health goal setting becomes meaningful and achievable only if you set yourself small, achievable targets. Also, when you set small targets you are putting your body on notice. The next day your body will have the required energy ready and waiting. Small targets also ensure you do not injure yourself. It also gives your body time to build up stamina.
# 2 Lifestyle Change One At A Time
A healthy lifestyle is not achievable without a lifestyle change. Again, start small with one change at a time. For example, if you were overeating, switch over to portion control plates, bowls and glasses. Give yourself a week to adjust to the change. Initially - first couple of days - you might have to go in for a second helping. If you do, set yourself a target reduce the quantum of food you take during the second helping so that by the fourth day, you wont need that second helping of food. By end of the week you will have taken the first major step to a successful lifestyle change by having achieved a dramatic reduction in the quantity of food you consume.
# 3 Healthy Eating Reduce Junk Food Slowly
If you are used to eating junk food, it is impossible to stop eating it all of a sudden. So instead, reduce your intake of junk food by setting health goals. For example, instead of one large pizza, order a small, thin crust pizza with no extras. A few days later swap the pizza for Chinese soup. If you love sodas, you can use an eight-ounce portion control glass instead of your regular glass. Sip your soda, dont gulp it. Savor every drop of it. A couple of days down the line, mix your soda with fresh orange juice - half and half - or experiment around so as to slowly reduce the quantity of soda you drink.
By now you have the idea on setting health goals to achieve healthy eating and ultimately reach your healthy weight target. Extend the tips to other health goals and targets. Everything is achievable if done in small bite sizes.
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