Wow! Can you believe it? Labor Day weekend is almost here. Where, oh where did the summer go? It’s so true that time speeds up the older we get.
So, how was your summer? Were you able to stay on your healthy living plan? Or did you, like many of us, find that with all the summer fun–making the healthiest choices were a challenge?
September tends to be crazy busy with all the back to school, community, and social activities. I don’t know about you, but when I’m busy–making healthy choices gets harder. That’s why today, I’m going to share some health tips that can help you set you up for success!
September Success Strategy: Set One Health Goal
Too often when it comes to health goals, many of us are overachievers. And guess what happens when we set too great of goals? LIFE…interrupts our plans, we get discouraged and tuck our goals away. Ask yourself, what is the one area of my health that I want to see changed? Do you need more sleep? Do you want to eat healthier? Do you need more physical activity? Do you need better stress management skills? Or perhaps, you just need to practice some good self-care? Did you notice that I didn’t say diet as a goal? Statistically speaking, individuals on a diet end up gaining weight. Instead of dieting, choose a healthy eating plan.
Did you notice that I didn’t say diet as a health goal? Statistically speaking, individuals on a diet end up gaining weight. Instead of dieting, choose a healthy eating plan. A great resource for a healthy eating plan is Choose My Plate. Some ideas for goals when it comes to eating:
- Commit to eating a healthy breakfast 5 days a week.
- Commit to eating one green vegetable every day.
- Commit to drinking no more than 1 can of soda a week.
- Commit to making a weekly menu.
- Commit to bringing a sack lunch to work 3 days a week.
- Commit to drinking 5 glasses of water every day.
- Commit to measuring your portions.
- Commit to tracking your food.
- Commit to reading all food labels.
When it comes to physical activity–it’s very important to start where you are…and give yourself time. Starting out too aggressive typically leads to injuries. Some ideas for goals when it comes to increasing activity.
- Commit to walking 10 minutes every day of the week.
- Commit to 5 minutes of daily stretching.
- Commit to going to the gym 3 days a week.
- Commit to riding bike 2 days a week.
- Commit to parking your car at the far end of the parking lot.
- Commit to doing a “physical” activity like hiking, frisbee golf, golfing, camping on the weekend.
- Commit to doing an exercise app such as 7-Minute Work Out or Sworkit.
- Commit to a weekly group class such as a boot camp, yoga, pilates, etc.
Sleep plays a vital part in our well-being! Yet, it is one of the things many of us skimp on most. When we get the proper amount of sleep, making other good health choices gets easier. Some ideas for goals when it comes to sleep:
- Commit to a sleep schedule such as going to bed at 10pm every night, waking at 6am.
- Commit to keeping the electronics out of your bedroom.
- Commit to setting a timer to remind you when it’s time to go to bed.
- Commit to practicing relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga, etc 1 hour prior to bedtime.
- Commit to limiting your caffeine after 2pm.
Stress sure seems to be a popular buzz word these days. Some stress is a fact of life, but where often run into troubles is living a life unbalanced. Some ideas for goals when it comes to stress management:
- Commit to practicing good self-care.
- Commit to enjoying your favorite hobby once a week.
- Commit to doing an activity that you enjoy every day. (Example sitting on your deck, reading a book, listening to music, talking to a loved one on the phone, etc.)
- Commit to saying “yes” to something new you want to try.
- Commit to saying “no” to something you would normally say yes to out of guilt or obligation.
- Commit to doing something that makes you smile every day.
- Commit to playing.
- Commit to intentionally having some open time in your schedule every week.
Well, there you have some ideas on health goals for a successful September. What is the ONE goal that you want to focus on? Remember, small steps lead to success. If you wish, leave a comment and we can support each other.