If you have struggled to make positive changes for your heart health in the past, you might use the New Year as an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start sticking to your goals. While it does take time to make a big impact on your heart health, you can make some important changes that will have immediate benefits in addition to a long-term payoff. Here are a few tips to help you set the right goals and stick to them in 2014.
Setting manageable goals
It is important to start the year with small goals that can be accomplished in a short period of time. You might make a calendar of manageable mini-resolutions to continue checking off throughout the year instead of declaring one single goal with no clear terms or benchmarks. For example, if your primary goal is to lose weight, you might start by adding more exercise to your routine each month. You can also incorporate simple changes such as eating more green vegetables, trying new healthy foods, or increasing your fiber intake rather than dramatically changing your diet all at once.
Checking up on your health
Whether you have set a goal of smoking cessation, weight loss, or physical fitness, you will want to check in with your doctor along the way to be sure that you remain on track . While you may see some results without a visit to the doctor’s office, you should still keep track of your blood pressure, cholesterol, and other important numbers for your heart health.
Making long-term changes
As you achieve minor goals, you will be building to the bigger picture of good overall health. You will want to keep this long-term goal in mind every step of the way and leave reminders for yourself to stay motivated. You should remember that good health is about ongoing lifestyle changes and not short-term goals with an expiration date.
Cardiac Solutions can help you take charge of your heart health with a team-based approach to specialized care at our Sun City West and Glendale clinics . To schedule your initial consultation with our team, visit our website or call (623) 208-5305.