New Year’s has come and gone but it’s never too late to start (or set) your 2020 resolutions. No idea where to start or which goals to prioritize? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! From eating better to money matters to getting quality health care, here are a few sure ways to crush your 2020 health goals:
When setting new fitness goals, people often set nonspecific (and usually unrealistic) goals for themselves, which ultimately leads to failure. Instead of aiming for broad goals like “workout more this year,” set S.M.A.R.T. fitness goals for yourself — aka goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Relevant, and Time-bound. So if you’re a newbie at the gym, perhaps one of your 2020 fitness goals is to lift weights 3X a day. Start with the lowest weights and then gradually increase weight by 5 lbs each gym session. Start small for big results!
That’s right, we’re telling you NOT to diet. This seems counter-intuitive for a health goal, but actually dieting is a common goal that often ends in failure. Instead of following a new diet fad or depriving yourself of “bad foods,” focus on eating nutritious, whole foods the majority of the time. When considering any health and fitness goals, choose realistic and attainable goals that can turn into lifetime habits.
BE MINDFUL OF CONSUMPTION
While being mindful of what you put into your body (i.e. nutritious foods) is important, it’s equally as important to be conscious about what your mind is consuming on a daily basis. With so much going on in the world, it’s easy to be overwhelmed with the constant stream of media right at our fingertips — politics, news, social media, etc. Combat this by setting strict time limits for yourself for screen time and TV watching. Instead, try to find moments of peace for yourself daily:
- Take morning walks
- Read a new book
- Practice stretching or do yoga
- Write in a journal
- Learn a new craft (i.e. playing the guitar)
- Take on an art project
Swapping hours of screen time for more mindful activities is one of the easiest goals you can make (and achieve) for yourself in 2020. Plus, you may even pick up a new skill or two!
BOOST YOUR FINANCIAL IMMUNE SYSTEM
Your body and mind may be healthy but is your wallet? Poor financial health leads to stress about money, which affects many Americans most or all of the time, according to a National Financial Capability study. This stress can affect your physical, mental and overall well being by indirectly causing:
- Poor sleep and digestive and immune functions
- Delayed healthcare (i.e. no money = avoiding treatments/medications)
- Depression and/or anxiety
This is why it’s important to take the necessary steps to achieve your financial goals this year. In general, there are five key rules to improving your financial health:
- Create a budget
- Manage lifestyle inflation
- Spend mindfully
- Start saving early
- Build and maintain an emergency fund
Again, baby steps! Financial health goes hand in hand with your physical and mental health, and should be prioritized when considering how to be a healthier you this year.
COVER YOUR BASES
Even if you’re leading a perfectly healthy and active lifestyle, unexpected illness and accidents can happen. That’s why it’s critical to be covered by quality medical insurance all year around. For instance, Anthem is one of the nation’s leading health benefits companies that offers a broad range of coverage options. No matter what your age or budget, Anthem has cost-effective options available for everyone. From family coverage to Medicare Advantage plans for seniors, affordable health care is a key component of your overall health plan. Plus, choosing low-cost medical insurance aligns with all of your other physical, mental, and financial health goals!
Physical, mental and financial health each play a crucial part of being the healthiest you this year and every year. Using this guide will help give you a push in the right direction to help you approach a healthier mindset and lifestyle in 2020.