You only have one body – so look after it! By setting yourself effective health goals, you’ll maximise your life span and enjoy your life more too!
And it’s important to understand that health and well-being comes from the combination of your lifestyle factors, and not just one aspect of it – lifestyle factors are all inter-linked. This means that to improve one aspect of your health, you need to focus on your overall health profile and life balance.
Setting successful health goals therefore need to consider the following factors:
And being fit and healthy has synergies with goals you may have for other life aspects, as goals in this life aspect may also enhance:
Your ‘Finance’ life aspect could also be involved if you ditch the car and ride your bike to work!
Take these synergies into account during your goal-setting journey to kill 2 birds (or 2 goals) with the same stone!
Like all goal setting, the first step in the process is to evaluate your current situation regarding your health and then ask your self what you really want to achieve.
So you need to know your starting point. You can define your starting point by asking yourself:
A good starting point when setting health goals is to see your doctor and get a physical assessment of your general health.
They may then refer you onto other specialists such as a nutritionist/ dietician, and will also be able to give you some good guidance on what you need to be working on - whether it be quitting smoking, losing weight or just getting a little more exercise.
More importantly though, your GP will tell you what particular risks you need to look out for if you are about to embark on a fitness campaign – so use this advice wisely when setting your health goals.
Like all good goals, you need to ‘research’ the goal before you commit to it and to enable you to prepare suitable Action Plans for achieving it. So what do you need to know about health goals?
The human body is a very complex thing, which is why people study at university for years to become doctors and nutritionists. Fitness trainers also have to learn how the body works and interacts so that they don’t cause harm to the people they are training.
So, you can’t expect to learn all there is to know about how the human body works, but you should try and gain a basic understanding of the biology behind the goal you are trying to achieve whether it be:
Talk to the relevant health professionals and research on the Internet until you’re comfortable with your understanding of your goal and have a good idea how to progress your action plans.
The text links at the top of this page discuss some of the basics.
Setting timeframes for health goals is highly dependent on your starting point, but some general indications are:
It may take up to 12 months to start ‘feeling’ healthy and energetic or overcome some other particular health ailments, again depending on your starting point.
There are also some more subjective measurements for ‘health and wellbeing’ goal setting, such as how energetic or tired you feel, how ‘healthy’ you feel, how ‘confident’ you feel and the presence of any ailments.
A better measure for you may be a ranking type system based on these feelings of general health and wellbeing.
Read this article on how to attract vibrant health with affirmations for more information.
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