Small Steps are key to improving your health in 2018
January 16, 2018
While so many people are unable to keep their New Year’s resolutions to live a healthier lifestyle, there are always those few who manage to stick to it. What do they have in common? Let’s Go! looked at the research and determined that success is typically built in small steps.
What that means is that you shouldn’t just say, “I’m going to eat better this year!” or, “I’m going to go to the gym more!” Instead, come up with a more specific goal and an action plan to achieve it.
Let’s Go! has identified four areas where small steps can lead to big improvements:
- Move More: For instance, you can decide to walk 30 minutes a day in three, 10-minute increments.
- Eat Real: Try to fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables at every meal.
- Drink Water: Decide to choose water at every meal and in between meals, too.
- Rest Up: Resolve to go to bed at the same time every night with a goal of getting 7-9 hours of good sleep.
Once you have mastered one small step, add another. Over time, you may find you’ve made a significant change in your health.
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Medical experts from both health systems ask families to take steps to stay healthy this winter.