How to Start Smart

It’s that time of the year again. The start of a new calendar year is the perfect opportunity to start anew and reset your goals towards your health. Now’s your chance to set yourself up for success this year by making simple choices that will have lasting effects on your health and well-being. In this blog post, we’ll discuss a 5 step process you can follow today to get started on setting yourself up for success!

Tips to Keep in Mind When Getting Started

One of the most important things you can do for your health is to make a plan. Without a plan, it’s easy to get sidetracked and lose focus on what’s important. When creating your health goals, be specific and realistic. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment by aiming too high or making unrealistic promises to yourself. start with what you know you can do and start small.

Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day – it is important to start slow when making changes that affect your health. It will be easier for you to stick with something if the change isn’t too drastic or overwhelming at first. Small steps are key! A good way to keep yourself on track is to start by making small changes that you can build on as the year goes on. These small daily adjustments will have a great impact over time, so start off with what works for you, and don’t be afraid to experiment if something isn’t working out!

Looking For a Good Place to Start?

Remember, health is wealth – start smart this new year and set yourself up for success by making healthy choices.

Here’s a 5-step process to get you going. Take some time to sit down and really think about each step. You can use the template below these steps as a guide if you need help staying organized! Make sure to keep your goals realistic and direct. You got this!

5 Steps to Start Smart

Identify the problem 

If you know what’s been holding you back from better health, start there! Figure out why your past attempts to start living a healthier lifestyle have failed and how you can overcome those struggles.

Evaluate the root of the problem by asking yourself questions like: 

– What is one change I could make today that would bring me closer to my health goals?

– What are some things I can do to reduce stress in my life?

– When am I most likely to stick to my health goals? 

Identify your “why”

Remember why you’re doing this in the first place. When times get tough and you don’t feel like working out or eating healthy, think back to your “why”. Why did you start this journey in the first place? What’s motivating you to stick with it? Keep that vision in mind and it will be easier for you to stay on track.

Set your goals

Set 1-3 achievable goals for yourself. Don’t start off by trying to run a marathon if you’ve never exercised before in your life! Start with a small goal, like going for a walk every day for 20 minutes. Once you’ve been successful at that for a week or two, increase the duration or intensity of your walks gradually until you are able to run the marathon!

Create a game plan

Once you know what your struggles are and your main goals, start making a plan! Figure out what specific steps you need to take to overcome your struggles and make progress on your health goals.

A good way to start is by writing down your plan and putting it somewhere that you will see often, like the fridge or your mirror. This will help you stay accountable and track your progress over time.  Seeing your goals in writing will also help to keep you motivated!

Take it slow

Now that you’ve got the plan down, it’s time to jump in! But that doesn’t always mean you have to go all in all at once. Instead, most people benefit by starting slow and small so they don’t get too overwhelmed. So don’t start off by trying to overhaul your entire lifestyle all at once. Stick with small changes that are manageable for you and start building on them as the year goes on!

Start Smart 5-Step Process to Goal Setting Template

Start Smart and Strong!

Most of all, start this year off by setting yourself up for success – start small, start slow and start today! Experiment to find what works best for you. Make it fun, make it interesting, and most importantly, have fun with it! Don’t forget why you’re doing this in the first place: because your health matters. You deserve to feel good and be your best self.

So, if you’ve been struggling to stick with your health goals, or just want a little help getting started this year, take some time to bring it back to the basics and start smart. Now’s the time to jump in by making good choices to reach your health goals. Let’s get going on our 5 steps to success now and together make 2022 the best year yet.

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