I know you love planning; it is an intrinsic part of your business so continuing the theme let’s look at the next element of your strategic plan which is goal setting. Goal setting is another hallmark of any successful company and is a critical element of your strategic health plan. When embracing a new concept we need to break it down into manageable sections. In your business you would probably start with 5 year corporate goals, but for your health we are going to start bottom up. How do you eat an elephant? Just one bite at a time and this analogy works well for your new healthier lifestyle so plan, plan, plan! There is no pressure, each goal can be seen as part of your overall plan and yet you can also be working on any one element at a time.
In One Month
Your goals for the first month should be nothing too onerous, changes you can easily commit to doing. Perhaps reducing your caffeine and drinking more water, most people are dehydrated which actually does affect your concentration levels Eating some form of protein at breakfast or if you never have time for breakfast something healthy with protein, around noon would be beneficial. Don’t forget some form of exercise is essential – try something new or just incorporate more walking and stair climbing can be an easy start.
In Three Months
How do you want to be feeling in 3 months time? Do you want to have shed those unwanted pounds from around your waist which incidental may be an early indication of heart disease? Change of diet is required but not a starvation diet that you will never maintain but simple changes that will cumulatively make an enormous difference so how about eating less, smaller portions of healthy food not burger and chips! Eat regularly and not after 8.00pm to give your body half a chance of digesting your food before you retire for the night. Eating as little processed food as possible would be an excellent goal.
In One Year
Feeling healthier and fitter would be a great one year goal with a target weight loss if required. Becoming conscious of what you eat, making those good food choices and incorporating exercise into your lifestyle will make an enormous difference to your overall health. As part of your strategic health plan look at every aspect of your health and wellbeing to address this goal and always remember it is not the amount of exercise we do but what we are consuming that is the most important element of a healthy lifestyle.
Learn to be kind and patient with yourself, making big changes can bring there own stresses and stress is what you really need to avoid. Look out for my next Blog on Key Performance Indicators, KPIs.