5 Tips to Help Achieve Your Health Goals

"Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live." ~ John Rohn

Did the pandemic interrupt or stop you from pursuing your health and fitness goals? If so, now is the time to get back on track! The key to creating a healthy lifestyle is to set specific goals. When you establish and write down specific health and fitness goals, you are more likely to achieve the lifestyle that is right for you. Keep in mind that the best-set goals are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and have a clear, trackable metric.

Here are my top tips to get you on the right track to achieving your goals.

1. Eat foods that help reduce inflammation. Recent research from well-known sources such as the Harvard School of Public Health, has found that many illnesses are directly related to inflammation in the body (e.g., heart disease and stroke, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, and even stomach or intestinal problems). The best way to reduce inflammation is to just eat real foods. These are foods eaten very close to the way they grew in the garden, on a farm, or in the ocean.

2. Read food labels. Avoid foods high in saturated fat, low in protein and fiber (highly processed), contain high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils (trans fat), artificial flavors, colors, and chemical preservatives.

3. Become an active participant in your own health. Instead of asking your doctor what can I take? Ask him or her, what can I do? This prompts the doctor to respond to you with what can I advise? vs. what can I prescribe?

4. Exercise. When you are trying to decide whether or not you want to move for 20 minutes, know that exercising just 20 minutes a day will help you achieve a goal of “nothing hurts and everything works.” ~ Dr. William Sears, one of the authors of Prime-Time Health.

5. Get more sleep. It is known to improve your memory, increase your attention span, lower stress, and help you maintain a healthy weight.

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