1. Make an appointment with your doctors.
One key to improving your health and maintaining it is regular doctor visits. These health care professionals will help support your desire for a healthier life. They’ll also be able to tell you if you need to start or stop anything in order to have a healthier life.
- Visit your primary care physician. Talk to him about your current health condition and if there is anything they’d recommend to help you live a healthier life.
- Also visit your dentist. It’s typically recommended to go twice a year just for a check up. This is another important visit you shouldn’t overlook.
- Visit any other doctors you may need. For example: OB/GYN, allergist or endocrinologist (a doctor who specializes in hormones).
2. Take some measurements.
There are a few ways to check on your health status without a doctor. Measuring your weight and overall size can give you some insight into whether or not your body is healthy as well.
- Weigh yourself. Note your weight and compare it with national standards for ideal body weight. This will tell you if you’re close to a healthy weight or should consider weight loss.
- Measure your waist circumference. Another way to interpret your weight and health is by measuring your waist circumference. A large waist may mean you have a high amount of visceral fat which could be dangerous to your health. Men should have a waist circumference less than 40″ and women should be less than 35″.
- Also figure out your BMI with an online calculator. Again, this is just an additional method of letting you know whether or not you’re at a healthy weight.
- If many of these measurements are too high and you feel you might be overweight or carrying too much weight, this can be a part of your life you work on so you can be healthier.
3. Start a journal.
Keeping a journal is a great way to start your healthier life. You can take notes, write goals, track your goals and even keep a food journal. These items will help you figure out what you need to do and motivate you to meet those goals.
- You might first want to start taking some notes on any information you get from your doctors or track your weight, BMI or waist circumference.
- Also jot down notes about what goals you have and how you think you’re going to live a healthier life. It’ll take some brainstorming and thinking about all the different aspects of your life you want to change to be healthier.
- Take notes on your food choices in your journal as well. Studies show that those who journal their food regularly stay on track with new diet patterns for longer.
4. Build a support group.
A support group is a great part of a healthier lifestyle. They not only can provide support for your goals but also are a support to your mental and emotional well-being.
- A big part of a healthier life that often gets overlooked is your mental and emotional health. A support group doesn’t have to just be there to cheer you on, but be a good friend.
- Ask friends, family members or co-workers to join you on certain goals. Maybe others want to lose weight, eat healthier or exercise more.
- Studies show that those people who have a support group are more likely to meet their long-term goals.
5. Write up a meal plan.
When you’re trying to live a healthier life, your diet may be one thing you want to change. Writing up a new meal plan for yourself can help give you the guidelines you need to eat healthy all week long.
- A meal plan is your blueprint for each meal, snack and beverage throughout the week.
- This plan can also allow you to see and plan each of your choices. You can feel confident that what you’re eating each day meets your new healthier life.
- To start your meal plan, get a pen and paper and write out each day of the week. Write down all your meals, snacks and drinks.
- Writing a meal plan can also help you have a more organized grocery list.