The days after the holiday season can be an awkward time. As you let go of stress and the year comes to a close, we suggest that you think about your goals this time of year. Do you have some habits you want to stop? Would you like to start a new workout routine? How about cutting out sugar or other unhealthy ingredients like dairy? Now is the time to start thinking about what you’d like to change in your life. When the holiday season comes to a close, and you get back to a normal schedule, make some healthy changes in your routine.

Establish A Routine:

Something important for your life is a routine. Do you have unhealthy habits? Think about the things in your life that you can change, and establish a new routine without those habits. For instance, if you spend your work breaks getting a processed snack out of the vending machine, substitute that with something healthy. You could take a walk around the block instead.

Be Realistic:

If you are wanting to exercise more, be realistic about your goals. How many times a week are you going to exercise? For how long? If you are starting exercise from a sedentary lifestyle, don’t overdo it. Start with baby steps, so you can meet your goals. Even walking 30 minutes twice a week would be a great improvement. Once you consistently meet your goals, you can exercise longer or add another day a week.

Make a Commitment:

Making a verbal or written commitment can help you achieve your goals. Tell a few people about your goals and check in with them as you go. Writing them down can also help. Harvard Health says “That will encourage you to slog through tough spots. Be explicit about the change you’ve chosen and why it matters to you. If it’s a step toward a bigger goal, include that, too.” Making a written or verbal commitment can help you establish a good routine.

Here at Complete Care Health Centers, we love it when our patients want to set goals for their health. Whether it is working towards reversing disease, increasing exercise, or losing weight, we have many providers who can help. Make an appointment during the new year for some advise on setting a new, healthy routine!