The beginning of the year is often the time when we decide to make big changes. Motivated by the momentum (and sometimes indulgence) of the holidays, we set goals and plot out a path to success. Suddenly, its six months later and you aren't seeing the progress you anticipated. HumanaVitality® wants to give you the tools you need to achieve those New Year's resolutions year round. Here are a few tips to reignite that New Year's energy!
There's no time like the present, and it doesn't matter what shape you're in now. Take steps to improve your health and wellness today, and you'll be developing muscle memory to build stronger habits to maintain throughout the year. Take (or retake) your Health Assessment and get an understanding of where you are currently to help you make realistic and achievable goals. If you took your Health Assessment a long time ago, this is the perfect time to take it again and reassess your current health.
Then, start incorporating healthier choices into your daily routine, little by little: get a coworker to walk with you at lunch or add an extra serving of vegetables to your dinner each day. If you repeat a behavior, it's more likely to become a habit.
Small healthier choices can make a big impact on your overall health and well-being. Even committing to eating a balanced breakfast every morning or taking the stairs instead of the elevator can add up to long-term health benefits. Remember, a change in lifestyle is not a quick fix, so give yourself time and patience to achieve your goals. Do you already have a goal of steps you take each day using your fitness device? Try to increase your number of daily steps by 5-10% each week to safely and steadily push yourself to achieve your goals.
Keeping healthier New Year's resolutions is a challenging task; don't be so hard on yourself if you're not where you thought you'd be 100% of the time. Take advantage of the tools and resources available to you from HumanaVitality. You're more likely to succeed if you have support along the way– plus earning rewards can feel great!
For goal-setting, remember the SMART criteria:
Are you still on track with your New Year's goals? What HumanaVitality tools are you using to be successful?
HumanaVitality is not an insurance product. This material is intended for informational use only and should not be construed as medical advice or used in place of consulting a licensed medical professional. You should consult with your doctor before making dietary changes or starting an exercise routine.