It’s March. New Year’s Resolutions are in full bloom or have been forgotten and left back in January. Where do you stand?
I love the idea of setting goals, but I think we overdo goal-setting come the new year. We try to change so many habits in our life and two months into the new year we stop most, if not all of them. We just get burnt out! Lots of us set some sort of health goal, and that’s where I like to help. I love talking to my clients about what healthy goals they have set. And now, after we have maybe fallen short of our January 2011 goals, why don’t we reset some? Maybe call them “Spring Goals”? Choose one of my favorite five health goals and try to conquer it! But remember, don’t try to change too much at once!
1. Sign up and Train for a 5K
It’s one thing to train for a race, it’s another thing when you’ve registered and paid for one. All of a sudden there is a much bigger commitment than you had before. You’ve put your name on a race list and you are way more likely to get out and train. A 5K is a perfect health goal because it gets you out and moving. You don’t have to be a serious runner, you can even walk the whole thing! It’s so fun going to an event and feeling the camaraderie of all the other participants and knowing that you all worked and trained to be there.
2. Go to bed earlier
Getting enough sleep will help every aspect of your life, I guarantee it. You’ll feel more refreshed and energized. You will eat better. You will get more done. Promise.
3. Drink at least 8 cups of water
The best rule of thumb is actually to drink half your body weight (lbs) in ounces of water. (ie: 200 lb individual should drink 100 ounces of water) Drinking enough water will help you not eat as much. It will also refresh and energize your day. If it’s hard for you to drink water you can maybe add a little lemon juice to it for some flavor.
4. Eat Breakfast
This is an absolute necessity to me. Breakfast IS the most important meal of the day. It will help you stay awake as you begin your day. Eggs & Toast, Smoothies, or Oatmeal are all great choices. My go-to breakfast is a protein shake: One scoop chocolate protein powder, 1/2 cup raw oatmeal, 1/2 banana, 1 cup ice cubes, 1 cup spinach.
5. Go for a walk everyday
With the longer days and warmer weather around the corner, this will start to be an easier goal to accomplish. Just getting out and breathing in fresh air will freshen your day and make you feel better. I love walking in my neighborhood and seeing what is going on around me.
As you work on adding one of these to your daily routines you’ll automatically feel healthier. Health doesn’t have to be running 6 miles everyday; being healthy can be simple little steps that when all put together make you feel like a million bucks. We don’t have anything if we don’t have our health. To me, health means we can handle life. What other small health goals have you set? Please share.