Tips to Achieve Your Health Goals

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Write your goals down and post where you will see them often.

Write your goals down and post where you will see them often.

Make this the year to become a healthier you. The plans you put in place now can help you reach your health and fitness goals.

To start, keep a positive outlook and know that you can accomplish most anything when you put your mind to it. According to the MayoClinic, positive thinking helps with stress management and can even improve your health. Health benefits that positive thinking may provide include:

*Increased lifespan

*Lower rates of depression

*Lower levels of distress

*Greater resistance to the common cold

*Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease

*Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress

The New Year is a perfect time to reflect on the past 12 months and assess what habits you want to take with you and what you want to leave behind. Yes, resolutions can be hard to keep, but they don’t have to be. Follow these rules by the American Heart Association:

Create realistic goals and strategies

Keep it simple

Be patient

Are you ready to set new goals but aren’t quite sure how to get started? Use S.M.A.R.T. goals and focus on small changes in your life. Small changes have big benefits for your health. S.M.A.R.T. stands for specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-based.

5 Reasons to set SMART goals:

1.Helps you focus

2.Helps you stay motivated

3.Helps you manage your time

4.Helps you track your progress

5.You are more likely to achieve them

Tips for 2015

Take on a 30 day challenge—make it a habit!

Pair up. Encourage a friend to set healthy goals.

Write it down. Post your goal somewhere you look often.

Always stay positive.