An Easy Way to Start Setting Your Personal Health Goals
Updated: Apr 20, 2022
Setting personal health goals can start with the things that are easily done and totally within reach of everyone. While you may have ideas about achieving greatness with your health, starting with the basics is better and more doable.
Getting enough sleep is imperative to succeeding at the rest of your health goals, but it is something that you can achieve if you know how. Unfortunately, most people don’t realize the importance of getting enough restorative sleep each evening. Our society seems to value those who put their health last and who appear to need no sleep over those who prioritize getting enough sleep.
Thankfully, you can change that by acknowledging that sleeping enough each night is not only necessary but vital to good health. The average person needs a minimum of seven hours of sleep on a regular nightly basis. During nightly rest, your body resets and repairs itself from the tip of your toes to the top of your head.
While there are things that can get in the way of your sleep sometimes like children, jobs, and even a party here and there, your goal for good health needs to match the science, which is that sleeping between 7 and 9 hours a night, most of the time, for adults is a necessary component of good health.
Eating right is fully in your control too. You control every single fork full of food that goes into your mouth. The problem is that the industry likes to confuse the issue and make you think being a healthy weight and having optimal nutritional levels is hard. Sadly, this disinformation can cause so much confusion and problems that people develop serious health-related issues due to yoyo and fad dieting.
However, the truth is, eating right is simple. You only need to eat the number of calories required to obtain the nutrition you need to have good health. Not only is eating right simple, but it’s also not as expensive as the diet industry would have you believe. Beans, lentils, tofu, rice, frozen, canned, and fresh in-season produce in the right caloric amount are all you need to be healthy. When prepared simply and served in the right amounts to each person, the cost will be a lot less than you think.
As busy as society is, most people are too sedentary these days. However, you don’t have to do as much exercise as you may think to safeguard your health. Walking at a moderate pace for just thirty minutes a day or 150 minutes each week is more than enough to ensure your health. In addition, you can walk, swim, bike, play sports, and even deep clean your home to get in enough movement.
Drinking Enough Water
Staying hydrated is another thing that you can do easily enough. You may not think it’s an important goal, but when you learn that most people are walking around dehydrated, being dehydrated leads to brain fog, mood disorders, overheating, constipation, kidney stones, and more. A lot of overeaters are really just thirsty. The body will try to get the hydration it needs by any means necessary, including enacting your hunger drive to make you need more food. Drinking at least 8 to 10 glasses of water a day is essential to good health. Like other things, though, you don’t need to overdo it. Just do enough. More is not always better.
Once you get these basic personal health goals down, you can try something more advanced. Eating right, staying hydrated, getting enough movement, and sleeping well each night are crucial to ensuring that you can achieve the best health of your life. Each of these goals achieves so much more than you might think at first glance.
A good way to start holding yourself accountable for meeting your personal goals is with a fitness planner that helps you track your progress. We have created a comprehensive planner that will help you get started with small goals or with a more detailed plan.