In today’s world full of health gurus and influencers, it’s easy to get lost in complex routines or over-the-top health resolutions that promise results but end up leaving us feeling more overwhelmed than accomplished. This is why it’s so important to keep things simple. Our daily habits are ultimately what truly transform us, so by breaking down your health journey into manageable goals that you can consistently work on at your own pace; you ultimately promote a steady and sustainable path toward better health.
Which brings me to the second Fundamental of my Five Fundamentals of Health: Simplicity and Consistency
Let’s take a moment and think about your daily habits.
- Does your daily routine support you in living a healthier lifestyle?
- What habits or parts of your daily routine could you change that would help you achieve a healthier lifestyle?
These questions are just a few of the lifestyle changes you can begin to start achieving better health.
I’m a huge fan of “Little Bits Often” and “The Compound Effect.”
It might take some time to develop a habit, but when you practice a new exercise or behavior multiple times per day, you create consistency. Performing activities for just 30 to 60 seconds and repeating them three to five times per day creates a new brain-body loop.
Whereas The Compound Effect starts with a small investment and turns into a huge reward. When you break large goals down into small, manageable pieces, you can reach great heights. Think of it this way: if I gave you a penny today and it compounded every day, eventually, you would be rich!
As with any health journey, there’s the issue of having the motivation to stay consistent while making changes to our habits. To be consistent, we need to have a solid reason for WHY. That “why” is your driving force, your focus that will shape your health’s meaning and inspire the emotions that will drive your behavior to obtain it.
- Are you wanting to become more active and involved with your family?
- Do you want to explore the world?
- Do you want to tick off bucket list adventures?
- Do you want to wake up and feel energized and healthier every day?
Once you have your “why,” it’s time to set up goals to keep things simple, keep you focused, and stay consistent. I recommend using SMART goals.
Specific: Clearly defined and easy to understand.
Measurable: Able to track your progress.
Attainable: Achievable but challenging.
Relevant: Aligned with your vision.
Time-bound: Has a specific time frame.
Ultimately, SMART goals are meant to set you up for realistic expectations, making it easier to stay consistent in meeting your health goals.
If you have an overweight person who is overworked, stressed, in chronic pain, has high blood pressure and cholesterol, and is on the verge of type 2 diabetes, they’re likely too overwhelmed to know where to begin on their health journey. That’s why it’s important to remember that when you have a seemingly big goal, take it in little chunks to maintain your intentions and vision.
If you’re committed to becoming a healthier version of yourself, reach out to me, and let’s set up some SMART goals for your health journey.
Be happy & be healthy,
P.S. Stay tuned for next month’s topic, where I’ll focus on Movement and Stillness.