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At the beginning of each year, I like to spend time reflecting on the year that has been and planning for the year ahead. As part of that activity, I find it helpful to have one particular health and wellbeing focus for the coming year.
For the past two years, I have had the same focus; learning more about how to eat as healthily as I can. I have researched and experimented with what foods my body doesn’t respond well to and which ones it thrives on. I have enjoyed the health benefits of detoxifying eating protocols. I have learnt new ways to prepare food in more healthy ways, new healthy foods to try, new ways to plan meals for healthier eating with convenience foods and better ways to shop and store foods. I have learnt to save money on healthy foods, the benefits of eating organically, plant based, local, raw, and even now bottle my own Kombucha tea! The most fascinating thing I have learnt by this experience is the power food and drink has on our physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing and on our body’s ability to heal and function as we were created to be.
In 2016, my health focus for the year is on Moving More. The World Health Organisation has predicted by 2020, ¾ of all deaths will be from chronic disease. It has been estimated that approximately 60-70% of chronic diseases are preventable. That is why I do what I do and why I started my business in 2008.
Many of us would like to increase the amount of physical activity we currently engage in each week, including myself. But guess what?…barriers to lifestyle behaviour change get in the way, and unless we learn what these are and how we can get around them, our desire for “moving more” may be stifled before we can even get going.
It helps us to be able to recognise what the barriers are that we face. Barriers can be divided into four types: Behaviours, Emotions, Situations, and Thoughts, remembered by the word BEST. These can include things like: motivation, confidence, importance, timing, understanding, planning, remembering, scheduling, support systems, negative thinking, competing beliefs, problem solving deficits, strength of habits, lack of money, lack of time, lack of willpower, physical injuries and limitations, energy levels, weather, chronic diseases, fears, family/friends, burnout, plus many more. What gets in the way for you??? A big one for me is support systems… I need social accountability!
By identifying what our barriers are, we can then create a strategy to overcome those barriers. Some people can do this successfully themselves. Others need some help. I have listed a few tips to get you started below. Some people find they make the most progress with the assistance from a professional health coach who is experienced and trained in this area. I am experienced and qualified to do this and would be certainly happy to assist anyone who finds they keep falling short of their desired health goals. It may be that barriers to change need addressing in your approach. Please contact me if you would like to know more about this process: firstname.lastname@example.org
- When setting health goals, ensure you make them a SMART goal:
SPECIFIC, MEASURABLE, ATTRACTIVE, REALISTIC, & TIME-FRAMED.
- Set specific goals. For example: To swim twice a week, for 30 minutes, on Mondays and Wednesdays at 5pm, at my local pool, with my friend.
- Decide when you will start.
- Decide how you will track your progress.
- Have a strategy to address your barriers to change, e.g., if remembering is usually a barrier for you, how will you remember to go swimming on your selected days?
- Contact me if you need some help: email@example.com