3 Health Goals to Focus on This Month

Remember that building new healthy habits takes time.

Although many see it as a fresh start, the beginning of the year can be just as — if not more —  stressful than the holiday season. Come January 1st, we’re basically expected to absolve ourselves of our bad habits in order to become the healthier, happier person we all strive to be. While there’s nothing wrong with the idea of “New Year, New You”, it can be difficult to achieve such an extraordinary goal without setting smaller, more obtainable goals to help you get there.

So this month I challenge you to set just three smaller, measurable goals that will help create the framework for the long-term goal you wish to reach by the end of year. If you’re having trouble getting started, here are a few ideas you can implement today.

Stay Hydrated

We all know the importance of staying hydrated. Water helps to control body temperature, eliminate bodily waste, and even improve brain function. Hydration is even more important for those who exercise since dehydration can cause symptoms such as fatigue, muscle cramps, and dizziness — all of which can make exercise feel much more difficult.

Keep Stress Levels in Check

I’ve previously spoken on the fact that some stress is absolutely needed in regards to health, longevity, and everyday activities. Healthy stress levels can help you react positively in certain situations that require you to act quickly (like your instinct to run when you see a bear coming your way). However, the problem lies when we stay in those periods of stress for too long, or when stress becomes chronic. So it’s important to be in tune with your body to know when your stress levels are out of whack and how to fix them so you don’t derail any progress with unexpected weight gain or panic attacks.

Maintain Healthy Eating Habits

After the holidays filled with sweets and treats, it can be difficult to completely alter your eating habits. To be completely honest, there’s not much reason to either. Just like setting grandiose goals to be accomplished in the first month of the year, expecting to eat a super strict diet off the bat can set you up for failure more than it can lead you to success. As I previously mentioned, I believe that consistency is key and consistently doing the right things a majority of the time is going to pay off even if each meal is not perfect. These tips for healthy holiday eating can be used throughout the year, too.

Remember that building new healthy habits takes time. Focusing on smaller goals each month can help to set you up for a lifetime of success. Stay focused on these goals, and if you slip along the way, just pick back up where you left off.