Our bodies are with us for the rest of our lives, so naturally, we should make it a focus to do everything we can to guarantee it’s in the best condition possible. But why is it so hard to actually stick to our health goals and see them through? Often times, we tend to lack the correct focus on the timeframe of our overall well-being. Reaching these goals doesn’t happen overnight, and it is just as important to prioritize our long-term goals as it is our near future ambitions. Take a look at the proper ways to take ownership of your health through the different stages of your life-cycle.
Commonly, short-term goals are the first things that come to mind surrounding the discussion around health. Our fitness and nutrition journeys are initial changes we can make in day-to-day routines to change the way we look and feel right away. We all have different bodies, desires, starting points, and histories, so finding what personally works for you is crucial to maintain motivation and feel encouraged on our path to a healthier lifestyle.
But despite our desire to see immediate results, it is essential to establish health goals that are genuinely sustainable. This includes habits like eating to promote heart health and finding workouts that improve posture. But possibly just as useful in owning our health at the moment is letting go of bad habits that hinder our chances of achieving our goals, both now and down the road. For some, this might include overconsumption, lack of sleep, or surrounding oneself with people who don’t prioritize living a healthy lifestyle. Taking ownership of these actions and letting negative ones go can aid our process to a better overall quality of life.
Sometimes, looking into the near future can, in fact, be the hardest point in time to set our goals. In the present, we have actionable plans to help reach goals, and our long-term objectives are something clear to visualize, as well as acting as motivators. But preparing for our near future is what ultimately works as the bridge between what we do now and how we achieve our end result.
We must take into consideration the careers, lifestyles, dreams, and goals if we are serious about owning our health goals now and in the near future. For some of us, we may not have a clear idea of what the future holds or where we want to go—and that is alright. In the meantime, we can focus on taking actionable ownership of our health, such as setting smaller, intentional goals. These small changes can become consistent, healthy habits for years to come, and can help keep track of success and further push us to keep going.
Visualization has many benefits, so spend time imagining five, ten, maybe fifteen years from now and what kind of life is desired. This could be landing a promotion or dancing with your son at his wedding. Whatever it is, make sure you have taken time to set corresponding action steps that you can carry out—ultimately bringing you one step closer to achieving your goals for tomorrow.
In addition to feeling and looking like our best selves, setting long-term intentions for our health promotes a lifestyle that can benefit us over the course of our lifetime. This allows us to live longer lives filled with optimal health, increasing the opportunities we have to achieve meaningful success, relationships, and do what we never thought was possible in the first place.
So what exactly does this entail? First and foremost, we must adapt positive lifestyle changes that can influence other areas of our lives affected by health. By taking ownership, we create an opportunity to contribute to our future results for the body, as well as for our finances as we age. One way to get ahead of this is by securing a life insurance policy early on to take advantage of and learn about the options and benefits available. Health plays a large part in determining one’s premiums, therefore leading a healthier lifestyle lessens the chance of certain health-related factors affecting costs—such as high blood pressure or cholesterol levels. After beginning our health journey, owning our goals for the long run drives the way to fulfill results in various aspects of life and can additionally save us money.
Ownership of our health means becoming aware of where we are currently, where we want to go, and what exactly we are going to do to get there. Investing in our health now allows us to see results today and sets the stage for bigger picture changes in the future.