All too often we get caught into the trap of setting ambitious long term health goals with them inevitably falling by the wayside. It’s easy to dream big and plan for future changes but the more difficult step is typically implementation and follow-through. Like the traditionally broken New Year’s resolution, it’s easy to plan on taking steps to achieve health without just committing to a few ways that you can start today to change your course of action and focus on the present. This type of short-term goal setting can add up to better results now and better long-term habits further down the line.
Several easy routines that you can incorporate into your daily life now to beginning working with short-term goals are:
- Increase Sleep
As an essential component to your health, the quality and quantity of sleep you get is a critical. One quick way to boost the number of shuteye hours you receive is to try and go to sleep just thirty minutes earlier than your normal time. Whether this means turning off the TV or putting away your cell phone and picking up a book to bring on drowsiness, start with attempting thirty extra minutes of sleep each night and gradually increase the amount until you hit a routine that enables you to wake up refreshed and ready to go.
- Lace Up and Walk
More and more research is being published exalting the benefits of walking. From encouraging relaxation and creativity of the mind, to boosting brain function and promoting energy levels, a short walk outside everyday before or after work can do wonders to stimulate you mind/body connection. Get those shoes laced up and start off by incorporating at least fifteen minutes of extra outdoor walking time. You can even pop out on your lunch break for a quick jaunt!
- Start with Breakfast
We know that you’ve most likely heard the adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day but like all clichés there is much truth to the statement. Start the day by adding fuel to your body to give your brain the necessary components to do the hard work of living life. If you have trouble with time, consider using a weekend day to prep morning meals like hardboiled eggs, quiche, muffins or something that’s easy to grab and go. Paired with a piece of fruit or some juice, see how you feel once this new habit kicks off.
- More Water
Water, water, water. The blunt truth is that most people are dehydrated and don’t drink enough water. This can lead to headaches, overeating or snacking, and general fatigue. Make today the day where you up your water intake. A good rule of thumb to follow is to attempt to drink at least half of your body weight in ounces daily! That may seem like a lot but if you swap out an afternoon coffee or soda with water and try to get a glass down before each meal, you’ll find yourself almost there.
These small alterations to your usual routine can help you feel better now. The great thing about short-term goals is that over time, they can settle into good habits that can contribute towards achieving those long-term health and wellness goals that we all set but seem just out of reach.