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What Are Your Top Health Goals for 2020?

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What Are Your Top Health Goals for 2020?

January marks the start of a new year and a new you! People around the globe are making resolutions to take charge of their health and improve their lives. Many people actually make the same type of health goals each year for their resolutions. For example, the top goals of most individuals are to eat healthier and exercise more. Did those two health goals make your list? Here are some of the top health goals made for New Years resolutions and how you can incorporate these goals into your life!

 

What Are the Nation’s Top Goals for 2020?

According to the CDC, “The overarching goals of Healthy People 2020 are to: attain high-quality, longer lives, free of preventable disease, disability, injury, and premature death; achieve health equity, eliminate disparities, and improve the health of all groups; create social and physical environments that promote good health for all; and promote quality of life, healthy development, and healthy behaviors across all life stages.” But, what does all that mean, really?

 

It means that most people do make some sort of goal they want to reach during the new year. Most of those resolutions are health goals that will help prevent disease, and extend both the quality of life and length of your life. Studies show that from year-to-year, many resolutions don’t actually change much. Countless millions make health goals at the start of the year, only to restart the same goals later on the next year. It’s only human. That’s why the top resolutions are consistently the same from year to year. Most are health goals that include:

  • Eating healthy
  • Exercising more
  • Saving money
  • Focusing on health
  • Getting enough sleep

 

Are any of these common goals in line with yours? Parade Magazine found these top goals in their surveys for New Years resolution health goals:

  • Lose weight
  • Improve finances
  • Exercise
  • Get a new job
  • Eat healthier
  • Manage stress better
  • Stop smoking
  • Improve a relationship
  • Stop procrastinating
  • Take time for yourself

 

Whether your goals focus on your physical health or mental health, make sure you’re shooting for some type of goal this year.

 

Setting Goals

With any goal, you want to write down what you actually want to achieve and place that list somewhere where you can see it each day. Making to-do lists for your day or a health goals list for the year is smart because you can be reminded of your goals often.

 

Experts agree that the best way to achieve your goals is to make them SMART goals. This means your goals are:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Relevant
  • Time-Bound

Every goal should be specific. What do you want to achieve and how? Measure out the steps you will take to get to the end result. Is your goal attainable or is it unrealistic? How relevant is it to your life and is it actually something important enough that you will work towards? If so, make your goal time-bound. Set deadlines to achieve small parts of your goal so you can work up to achieving your entire goal.

 

An example would be to set specific rules weekly for what training you would do for a marathon. What smaller runs would you do leading up to a marathon? How often will you run and how far? What training program will you use? This is just one example of the types of questions you want to ask yourself when it comes to goal setting. Those who set SMART goals where they can see them daily are much more likely to achieve them.

 

Three New Health Goals

If you’re setting 3 goals for the new year, it’s smart to have them be health goals. Here are some goals you can make to have good health:

  1. Start with diet. How you eat will determine if you get sick often, your stress levels, your hormones, and how well you lose weight, among many others. Experts recommend that you get the 6 essential nutrients in your diet each day. Those include protein, vitamins, minerals, water, and healthy fats and carbohydrates. Drink ½ your body weight in ounces of water each day. Cut out or significantly cut down on the soda and sugar, which lead to countless health problems. Eat when you’re hungry and avoid frequent snacking. Follow these guidelines and see how your health improves!
  2. Exercise more. The American Heart Association recommends that every person get at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise every single week. That is only 30 minutes of exercise a day for 5 days of the week. Even walking counts as exercise! Patients that exercise more will lengthen their lifespan, keep weight off easier, create natural energy, and will have positive boosts in their moods. You may even control current chronic conditions you have or reduce your risk for developing them.
  3. Get enough sleep. Did you know that a healthy adult needs to get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep every single night? Sleep is generally one of the first things people cut out to fit more into their schedules. However, sleep is the only time your body can recover from the day, build new cells, remove toxins and waste products, store memory, and much more. Aim for those 7-9 hours each night and you’ll see how much more productive you become.

 

Help for Your Health Goals

Studies show that most people quit their New Year’s health goals by mid-February. In fact, about 80% of people have quit on actively pursuing their goals only 6 weeks into the year. It helps to be accountable to someone for the goals you have, and to have someone helping you reach goals. We work with patients every day to improve their health, appearance, symptoms of chronic conditions, and their quality of life. To see what services, therapies, and guided help we can provide you, call Colorado Regenerative Health today at (303) 872-7161!

 

 

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