29 Ways to Set and Achieve Overall Health Goals

October 29, 2015

29 Ways to Set and Achieve Overall Health Goals

“Begin with the end in mind.” Perhaps one of the most powerful statements of all time. A true testament to the way we should live all aspects of life, not just fitness. By setting goals, you’re doing just that—beginning with the end in mind.

Before committing to overall health goals, you should think about what setting a goal really means, not in terms of a dictionary definition, but what it means to you. Follow along if you’re serious about getting your fit together, because if there’s anything in life you should take seriously, it’s your health, life, and happiness.

  1. Choose a goal

    Though it seems self-explanatory, you’d be flabbergasted by the amount of people who simply don’t even consider that in order to achieve a goal, you need to set one first.

  2. Be SMART about it

    Setting a goal is a good start, but setting SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, time-bound) goals are where the rubber really meets the road.

  3. Consistency, consistency, consistency

    If you’re not in it to win it, then you don’t want it bad enough. Pick your goal and while being SMART about it, don’t let up until you’re where you promised yourself you would be.

  4. Accountability

    Nobody is going to want to see you succeed as much as you do; that’s just the truth. Hold yourself accountable to the factors that are within your control because nobody will do it for you.

  5. Write it down

    It seems tedious and even a little overkill in some cases, though writing your goals down make a profound difference when it comes to the follow-through. 

    woman journaling

  6. Develop a taste for foods you (think) you don’t like

    That’s right. Those Brussels sprouts that reek of farts taste MUCH better than they smell, I promise. Who nose (is it weird to laugh at your own puns?) maybe you’ll open your mind up to a world of healthy culinary experiences you never knew could rock your world.

  7. Sleep it off, sleep it off

    No matter who you are, sleep if your best friend if you’re trying to achieve a health goal. Between increasing energy levels, giving your body adequate recovery time, and fighting off infection, sleep is a key component in any fitness endeavor.

  8. Don’t be a tool, USE THEM!

    Yea, bro. Don’t be a tool. Though you should absolutely be using them to help keep you on track. Apps like MyFitnessPal and 7 Minute Workout will prove instrumental in maintaining positive momentum.

  9. Put out pre-existing health fires

    If you have any health conditions prior to starting your fitness journey, it’s probably a good indicator that addressing those is the best way to start. You wouldn’t run a race with a weight tied around your waist. Why? Because it puts you at a disadvantage. Do yourself a favor and make sure you’re setting yourself up for success by mitigating out any injuries, or worse!

  10. Eat slowly

    Alright there, Hoover, try taking a breather before sucking down your next plate of food. Eating quickly always results in overeating because your brain is focusing on the act of stuffing your fat face, not realizing whether or not your stomach is actually full.

  11. Take the high road (or the stairs)

    Stop being over-dramatic, it’s not that bad… The additional calories you burn increase exponentially the more you make taking the stairs a habitual occurrence. What do you think people did before there were elevators? (Who am I kidding, we’ve ALWAYS had elevators, right?) 

    woman walking up the stairs
  12. Workout your brain

    I am willing to bet you didn’t know that your brain is the largest consumer of energy in your entire body. It’s your most important “muscle”, which means you need to exercise it just as you would anything else. Stay focused, sharp, and who knows, maybe you’ll learn a thing or two.

  13. Focus on diet

    Ever heard the saying “abs are made in the kitchen?” Good. It’s true.

  14. Move more

    Literally the most stupid-simple thing you could do. Want to burn calories? Try getting off your ass for starters…

  15. Your feelings have feelings, too...

    How your feel should be a key measurable in your efforts to a healthier you. After all, no matter what your goal is, if you don’t feel amazing at the end then what’s the point?

  16. Eat out less

    You’re not in control of how many calories are ultimately consumed when eating out. What type of oil did they use? How much? Is whole grain even an option?

  17. Choose wisely

    While grocery shopping, compare labels of the same foods. You’ll find that there is significant variance from brand to brand when it comes down to quality nutrition. 

    man shopping

  18. Misery loves company, but so does motivation

    A gym buddy is a phenomenal way to stay consistent and motivated, though I would caution you not to rely on them as a crutch or excuse as to why you can’t go to the gym if they don’t.

  19. Break that fast like a champ!

    Breakfast is still the most important meal of the day. Fuel your mind and body to crush the day ahead.

  20. Allow for setbacks

    Houston, we have a problem. Even NASA runs into setbacks, and they’re like the smartest people in the world or something. Don’t be overly hard on yourself because that doesn’t do anything except add stress and unwanted frustration.

  21. Reassess goals as needed

    When those setbacks do inevitably occur, think rationally to reset your goal or make necessary adjustments that will make it achievable, within reason.

  22. Treat yo’ self

    Instead of sulking as your family and friends chow down during the holidays, treat yourself to your guilty pleasure ensuring you do so within reason. A piece of pecan pie, not the whole shebang. 

    woman eating doughnut

  23. Stop stressin’

    Stress is essentially the worst enemy for anything having to do with your health. It affects nearly every aspect of your well-being, including motivation to become healthier.

  24. Train for an event

    Never thought you were capable of doing an Ironman? You’d be shocked with what you’re able to push yourself to do. Training for an event is another perfect way to keep your eye on the prize and push through rough patches.

  25. It’s all about the D

    Vitamin D is a staple in multiple facets of overall health and wellness. Getting out in the sun is an enjoyable way to get more D and encourage you to be active.

  26. Take advantage of seasonal produce

    Not only is it the best tasting for that time of year because it’s so fresh, but it will encourage you to eat more veggies and get in the seasonal spirit! You’ll be falling for pumpkin this November, guaranteed.

  27. Disguise your workout

    Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, and get a six pack? Tricking yourself into exercise is the easiest way to start working toward your goal. It could be anything from playing catch with the kids or enrolling in a group dance class.

  28. Control alcoholic cravings

    Though I don’t recommend cutting yourself off completely if an occasional drink is that important to you, but take note that it’s one of the most detrimental substances to your health. Remember that before throwing back six cold ones.

  29. Start the day with meat and nuts

    It’s not your traditional pancakes and OJ, but consuming higher protein and fat content to start your day is proven to be the most balanced breakfast.

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