Written By Sheryl Wright / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
People are starting to get seriously invested in their health these days. With more and more information coming out about how everyday things are affecting our health, many have decided to start their journey towards a healthier way of life.
However, those planning to change their lives for the better often don’t know where to start. If you’re one of those people, then here are some tips and tricks you can use to help create your own personalized health plan.
Figure Out What’s Bothering You the Most
Before you do anything, make sure you’re aware of what you’re fundamentally trying to change in your life. It might seem tempting to just start exercising and buying vegetables, but the reality is that if you’re going to stick with a plan for more than a couple of weeks, you’re going to have to figure out what issues you’re trying to pinpoint in yourself.
Is it your weight? blood pressure? lack of muscle? These are all good questions to ask.
Build a Support System
Everyone likes to think they can withstand major life changes on their own, but the truth is that people need each other at the end of the day. If you believe that every time you reach for a soda or don’t feel like exercising you’ll still be able to stick to your plan, then think again. Emotional support is important and having friends or loved ones offering advice or words of encouragement will go a long way.
Try to schedule meals or exercise sessions around friends, family, or even co-workers to encourage yourself to stick to a plan. If other people are aware of your health goals, they’ll do what they can to encourage you to stay on a particular path.
In certain cases, a counselor might have to get involved as part of your support system. While maybe relatively mundane for most people, some everyday problems you have to contend with might be a real challenge; professionals can help.
Focus on Both Mental and Physical Health
Regardless of whether you’re interested in pursuing improvements with your mind or your body, you still need to pay attention to both.
Mental and physical health are inextricably linked and whatever happens with one will impact the other. If you’re having mental problems, then improving your physical state will be extremely difficult and if you’re trying to sharpen your mind, what you eat and how much you exercise will ultimately determine mental quickness and stability.
Make Goals and Keep Track of Them
Goals are possibly one of the most important aspects of a health plan as they allow you to focus on specific problems rather than working aimlessly towards bettering your health. They also allow you to keep track of your progress, offering an incentive to keep going and making you feel proud about how far you’ve come.
Human beings are very task-oriented and are good at investing themselves into patterned behaviors. This makes goal-setting an incredibly useful tool for getting things done and in most people’s cases, is completely necessary. Humans are also highly visual creatures too, which is why it’s a good idea to have a physical representation on hand of what your goals are to make the whole thing stick in your mind.
Use a Nutrient Calculator
You are what you eat and the dietary decisions you make will determine a lot about how your health plan will fare. Of course, getting all the nutrients you need to accomplish your goals can be a bit difficult, which is why it’s a good idea to use a macronutrient calculator or similar tool to make sure you’re getting all the right stuff.
Calculator tools will use your health goals, height, weight, and exercise preferences into account to determine how many calories you should eat and what food groups you should focus on.
Developing a Plan
Having an iron will to succeed is important and will get you far, but coming up with a well-thought-out health plan is what’s really going to make a difference. Make sure you set your goals properly, have enough support to see them through, and arm yourself with the right tools.
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Sheryl Wright is a freelance writer who specializes in digital marketing, inclusive business, and interior design. If she is not at home reading, she is at a farmers market or climbing in the Rockies. She currently lives in Nashville, TN, with her cat, Saturn.
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.