Goals help us to stay focused. We all have goals for our career, finance or family. What about goals to do with living a long, healthy life? After all, if we don’t look after our basic health, we’ll be less likely to achieve other things in life successfully.
How do we plan to stay healthy and stick to our objectives over an extended period of time? Where do you see yourself 5, 10, or 20 years from now from a health perspective? What will you feel like if you keep on the same path you are on now?
As you think about where you want to be in the years ahead, consider more than just physical looks (although that can often be the canary in the mine). How about family and being fit enough to look after grandchildren 20 years from now? What steps can you take to make sure you’ll be well enough to care for a spouse who has a chronic condition today? As we age, what are the risk factors we need to do something about?
Set achievable milestones
It’s difficult to make a plan for far into the future. It can be hard enough to meet health targets in the short-term. Vows to lose weight and eat healthier are the most common New Year resolutions by far, yet only 8 percent of people keep them.
However, there is a solution. Health improvement strategies are most often derailed by being overly ambitious – the bar is set way too high from the outset. So, to improve our chances of making sensible health choices that we can maintain, the best way forward is just to make a start, and come up with achievable milestones, like:
- I will see my doctor at least once every year for a health check-up; or
- I will remove half of the processed food from my diet.
Creating lasting lifestyle changes one step at a time has a much greater chance of success than trying to do everything at once and getting discouraged when it doesn’t work out. You’ll thank yourself in 20 years’ time!
Talk to one of the friendly staff at our pharmacy about how we can support your long-term health goals.