Author: Lindsey Ulrich
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The New Year brings forth people’s collective resolutions aimed at improving some aspect of their individual lives.
One of the most popular resolutions is health.
Countless people have made a commitment to improve themselves and their overall health by exercising more, eating smarter, and cutting out some bad habits.
Emily Smith, DO, GP at McLaren Greater Lansing says that as you set goals and solidify your commitment to them, you will set yourself up for lasting success by considering these five questions and discussing them with your doctor.
What is the current state of health?
“At your annual physical exam, we review your medical history, check your vital signs, and may request frequent blood tests to assess your general health, including cholesterol, sugar levels, and complete blood counts,” said Dr. Smith.
Knowing your vital signs (like blood pressure, heart rate, cholesterol, body mass index, etc.) is a great way to establish a baseline. This allows you to create specific goals and track your progress.
McLaren Greater Lansing also offers the ability to securely connect your health data to some third party websites, health management apps and diet/fitness trackers. This feature provides access to your health and wellness data, enabling you and your care team to make informed decisions.
what would you like to do
Do you want to lose weight or body fat? improve your diet? A person’s overall health is a vague subject. Increase your chances of success by clearly defining what you want to improve.
What is your plan to achieve this goal?
Will you exercise more or adjust your diet? Choose a path that best suits your routine and personality to develop healthy habits that bring lasting success.
“A great option is to work with a buddy to help you reach your goal and stay on track,” said Dr. Smith. “Find someone who has similar goals, or someone who can encourage you and hold you accountable.”
Are your expectations realistic?
It’s easy to say you’ll run 10 miles a day, but will you stick to it day in and day out? Is It Even Possible to Lose 30 Pounds in 30 Days? Unrealistic expectations will eventually lead to discouragement and will result in abandoning goals and any determination to achieve them. Check with your doctor to set realistic expectations and reasonable timelines.
“Give yourself grace periods. They will happen,” said Dr. Smith. “The important thing is that you keep going. Rome was not built in a day, and it takes months, not days, to form habits.”
What is your motivation?
Taking steps to improve your overall health are positive life changes, but what is your true motivation? do you do this for your family To feel better physically? To feel better mentally? Know why you are striving for these goals and remind yourself of them often.
“The New Year is a great time to achieve a health goal. However, every day is a great day to start a healthy lifestyle, so don’t sweat the little things when you’re thinking about when to start a healthy habit,” said Dr. Smith.
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