Get Fit and Healthy – New Year Resolutions Checklist
Posted by: Insurance Place by: January 18, 2017
3 Essential Steps to Take Before Starting Your New Health Routine
We at The Insurance Place want you to get even closer to completing your goals this year. Inspired by our 2017 New Year Resolutions Checklist, we are launching a three-part blog series dedicated to helping you get a right start on the path to improvement. Enjoy!
Ready to start shedding those holiday pounds? Not so fast—the success of your new health routine depends on one thing: preparation. You need to prepare your mind and body, or else your diet or workout routine could be doomed to fail.
Follow these simple steps toward a happier, healthier new year!
1. Identify your unique health needs.
Not every diet or workout routine will be ideal (or safe) for every person. Unique factors like weight and body type can affect your routine’s effectiveness. An outstanding medical condition may complicate things as well.
Take the first step towards a healthy 2017 and pay your doctor a visit. He or she can provide a professional opinion on your diet and workout choices while keeping your medical condition in mind.
2. Create a schedule you’ll actually follow.
Many new health routines fail because we didn’t set aside enough time for them. Say you plan to hit the gym every other day before work. You’ll need time to come home, shower, eat breakfast, get dressed, and then go to work. If that already sounds too stressful, you may need to take a step back and reassess your routine. Consider visiting the gym at night instead of at the crack of dawn. Gyms generally have late hours, which should give you enough time even with a commute.
Now might be a good time to review your health or life insurance policy. If you’re signing up for a new gym (maybe one with those fancy indoor climbing walls), you might be eligible for a discount. Getting fit and saving money—not a bad way to start the new year!
3. Start small, then work your way up.
“No more carbs.” “Cut back on coffee.” “Lose 100 pounds.” Most lists of New Year’s resolutions contain grand, sweeping goals like these. But more often than not, we all tend to bite off far more than we can chew. And when we don’t make enough progress toward our goal, we usually just quit.
Setting lofty goals may seem like the way to go, but it may work against you. The truth is you don’t have to take your entire life on a detour to become “healthier.” Oftentimes, setting and completing smaller goals can pave the way to permanent healthy change.
Here’s what you do: Take your list of resolutions and circle all the big ones. Break them down into several smaller goals, then spread them across several months rather than the entire year. They seem much more manageable, don’t they? You should also come up with new goals once you’ve finished your current ones, so you can continue improving.
You now have three simple ways to kick off your health goals this year. Take the time you need to prepare, then go on and make 2017 your healthiest year yet!