Everyone else is busy trying to manage their own health concerns, so that leaves the final responsibility for your health in your hands. You could have the most advanced medical, nutrition and fitness specialists in the world in your corner, but all of their plans to help you to be healthy fall to you in taking the steps needed to do what they say. In this age of procrastination, it is easy to put things off until they turn critical. However, this is a dangerous way to manage your health. Here are four ways you can give it your all when it comes to your health.
The problem with only writing goals in your mind is that they can easily be displaced, re-prioritized and even erased. Instead, put ink to paper and set some specific health goals. One goal may be getting that colonoscopy because you turned 50. Set a date to make an appointment with your doctor. Another goal may be to lose weight. Be specific in exactly how much you want to lose with a realistic time frame to accomplish it. Then, write out your plan to get it done. Use this approach with all your health goals, and do not file it away in a drawer. Instead, keep it where you will see it every day.
Whether it be a friend, coworker, family member or other person, pick someone you can share your health goals with who will hold you accountable. Make them a copy, and instruct them to pester you about keeping your goals. Pick someone who will challenge you and confront you when you go astray of or neglect your written goals. Pick someone you know who has the personality to take it when those times happen where you wish you had never told them in the first place. Your accountability officer needs to have the right balance of being motivating, strict, matter-of-fact and unwavering when it comes to keeping you on track with your health goals.
Your written goal list needs a time line for completion. Simply setting a health goal to eat better does nothing to actually get you to eat better. Writing that your goal is to eat healthy meals by first beginning to eat a healthy breakfast and setting a plan to do it is the first step in positive dietary change. If you want to jog for heart health, you may need to log some daily miles walking first. If you’re focusing on your vision health, for example, you may want to consider joining a program, such as the one that Cambridge Institute for Better Vision has, that can help you to focus on making eye exercises a part of your routine. Whatever part of your health that you want to focus on, just make sure that you are dedicating a certain amount of time every single day to it.
Your body is your vehicle for everything you do every single day. Every person has abilities and disabilities. Abilities can be squandered the same as disabilities can be used as an excuse not to thrive. You do not know what you can accomplish until you try. For example, Arthur Boseman was a paratrooper in the Gulf War who was told he would never walk unassisted again. He used Yoga exercises to radically alter his body for the better. You can accomplish amazing things to better your health, but you need to always be willing to actively push for more.
If you do not have any goals, there is nothing to aspire to or reach for. Your goals in life may include things such as getting a better education, getting married, buying a house, traveling, adopting or having children, and so much more. You need a body you can depend on to get those things done. If you have a setback, rewrite your goals. Keep working, adapting and pushing forward.