Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Finding the willpower to accomplish your summer health goals.

There are many bad health choices in our everyday life and normally the inexpensive and easy alternative is not always the healthiest. With all of these healthy and unhealthy options, how can you find the motivation and the drive to maintain a healthier lifestyle?

1. Don’t think short term: Smoking and excessive drinking may not have any immediate effects; however, the mentality of “it won’t happen to me” or “it won’t happen till later” will affect your quality of life as you grow older.
2. Meditate: Take a few minutes out of your day to practice being mindful. By paying attention to your body and what is happening within, the healthy choices that you have to make may become easier.
3. Exercise: Studies have shown that people who exercise tend to have more self restraint when it comes to health conscious decisions.
4. Set realistic goals: As with most activities, if you set your goals at an unattainable level you may be making it harder for yourself to achieve said goal. By making short term goals it will be easy to stay on track while meeting goals along the way,
5. Get enough sleep and food: Do not eat in excess; however, being hungry and sleep deprived may hinder your decision making abilities when it comes to healthy choices.
6. Give all new activity 3 weeks: You need about 3 weeks in order to take new tasks into consideration and integrate them into your lifestyle.

For more information about getting ready for a pain free and active spring feel free to contact us at 518-690-4406, visit our website at http://www.empirehwc.com/ or email us at ehwc7@nycap.rr.com.
William R. Milhizer PT, DPT

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/living-well/articles/2010/04/27/bad-health-habits-rob-12-years-from-life-span-6-ways-to-boost-willpower.html?PageNr=1

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