Setting Goals to Improve Your Health

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A new year always brings talk of resolutions: ways to live life healthier and be happier. When it comes to setting goals for your health, it is important to keep a few things in mind. Goal setting is all about focusing on new habits that will help bring you short-term and long-term benefits. Many times, New Year’s resolutions fail because we don’t make goals that are specific, measurable, and attainable. The more unclear you are about a goal, the more leeway you give yourself to skip out on actually following through. Here are a few things to keep in mind when setting goals for 2021:

  • Write down clear, specific goals for the year. This should include as much detail as possible, like how much time you expect this to take up during each day, week, and month. Instead of saying you want to “get healthier,” be more specific about how you’re going to do that and why. For example, you might choose one meal a day where you will specifically incorporate nutrient-rich foods or you might commit to spend 30 minutes 3 times a week to exercising.
  • Make sure your goals are measurable. Whether you prefer a checklist, journaling, or a healthy habits app, find a place where you can keep track of your goals and identify milestones. For example, if you plan to drink 8 cups of water a day, you may want to check a box in your planner each time you finish a glass. Measurable goals are a great way for visual and tactile learners to participate in tracking their success, and they can keep you accountable and help you visualize your success.
  • Anticipate challenges to your achieving goals. Instead of viewing this step as pessimism, think of this as a chance to be proactive about your goal setting and root out any potential road blocks that will keep you from meeting your goals. If you want to participate in a regular exercise class or attend a certain number of chiropractic appointments each month, then think through and plan ahead for any possible scheduling conflicts, transportation issues, or financial concerns before you begin.

Setting goals for improving healthy living should include both physical and mental health components. There are small things you can update or change in your daily routine to practice self-care and help you become the healthiest version of yourself. Physical goals may include improving your posture by prioritizing regular chiropractic adjustments or setting a set time of day to go for a walk. Mental health goals may include practicing a more consistent sleep routine and aiming for a specific number of hours of sleep 5 out of 7 nights a week. Goals for your physical and mental wellbeing will help you focus on achievements while you reap the benefits of living a healthier lifestyle.

At Greater Life Chiropractic in Charlotte, NC, Dr. Grant Lisetor encourages practice members to participate in positive, realistic goal-setting all year round, not just at the beginning of the year. However, this time of year is a great time to begin if you’re not already setting goals for yourself. Continuing to set measurable goals and updating them once you’ve reached certain milestones helps to keep you motivated for future achievements. When you talk to your Charlotte chiropractor about goal setting, it will be about more than just regular chiropractic adjustments. Dr. Lisetor views each person holistically and will work with you to develop goals that address all your healthy living goals. 

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