How Can I Succeed in Improving My Lifestyle?
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Achieving a better lifestyle can be challenging. There are always many distractions in our daily lives. All around us are processed snacks, fast food, and unknown ingredients or chemicals that we hardly even know are there.
You are seemingly inundated with successful people who have achieved something. Someone has lost weight. Someone has beautiful skin. Someone’s life has been filled with smiles. All the while, you ask yourself, “How have they done this?”
Seeing others succeed is inspirational, aspirational, and motivating. At the end of the day, you need to take your own path. One approach to reaching your goals might be to take the steps along with someone else. A friend, your partner, a family member, or maybe someone you just met while walking on your favorite trail.
Having a supporter is an excellent way to adjust your behaviors. You might not want to take the journey alone.
It’s a well-known fact that if you begin your new routine with your family, partner, or friend, you are more likely to succeed. For example, starting a healthier diet with a family member will make it easier to build on your successes together.
Maybe you can join a group of others with similar goals—for example, a community of people who are committed to cooking with locally sourced natural ingredients. You might also find a group that walks every day or people that go for a 20-mile bike ride every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
The social component of these groups can be just as satisfying as the activity itself, and should not be overlooked. Countless friendships, relationships, and business connections have been built this way. What better way is there to make new friends than sharing and achieving a common goal?
How to kick things off? It’s simple; just let someone know that you are going to start something new. Invite them along, and see if they know anybody who might want to join in. You may be surprised to find that your solo endeavor is now 10 people strong.
So what’s your plan? As we’ve heard before, every journey starts with just one step. Get out there and make it happen!
Posted by Dr. Sho Takeuchi, MD, MPH, CHES
Sho is our Assistant Program Manager at Sarana Health. His specialty is Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, a branch of medicine that aims to enhance and restore functional ability and quality of life to people with physical impairments or disabilities. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Emory University and provides a critical international perspective on healthcare, lifestyle, and more.
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This article is for informational and educational use only and should not be considered a
substitute for medical advice. Consult your health and wellness provider for more information.