Get & Stay Healthy this year year millions of people around the worlds set goals to be healthier. There’s a lot of excitement at the beginning of a new year and feeling better and staying healthy is something that many people want to achieve. But just 8% of people actually keep their resolutions. So if you want to get and stay healthy this year, then make sure to read on to discover one thing you can do that will make all the difference.

Let’s first identify the most common pitfalls to staying healthy. We can’t get there if we don’t know what’s standing in our way, right? Identifying your own obstacles to staying healthy is an important step if you want to make changes for the longterm.

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is not planning ahead. You know the old adage “failing to plan is

planning to fail.” Ideally, you want to plan 24 hours in advance. Now I know what you’re thinking – who wants to be thinking about what to have for breakfast tomorrow when you can’t even figure out what to eat today. But when we fail to plan, we end up reaching for things that are readily available. What’s the problem with that? For starters, this is where you’ll find all of those unwanted ingredients hiding. You know, the added sugar, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, and transfats to name just a few.

Planning ahead is absolutely essential. It seems so simple, but it truly is one of the keys to staying healthy.   It’s not that this is necessarily anything new, but ask yourself, are you doing it? Try some of these strategies for planning ahead and getting support so you can get and stay healthy this year:

  • Shop ahead – plan out your meals in advance and shop ahead of time for a week or longer.
  • Cook ahead – choose one day to cook several meals or do meal prep.
  • Commit to a fitness or movement plan and add to your calendar the days you will work out.
  • Spend one hour/week planning the week ahead: when will you shop, what days will you
  • be too busy to cook, what days will you eat out if necessary, what days will you work out, what days will you rest, etc.
  • Use quick cook-for-you appliances like rice cookers and crock pots is a great way to have a “live-in cook” who prepares for you while you’re busy.
  • Prepare healthy snacks for times when you need something quick to eat that is nourishing and satisfying.
  • Ask for support with meal preparation or other activities. Sometimes we take everything on ourselves and this leads to failure. Ask your spouse/partner, children or a friend to get involved in making meals or exercising with you.
  • Find an accountability partner – Ask someone to be your accountability partner for your health goals. Check in with each other each week to see how things are going and share your goals together.
  • Slow down – find a time to slow down each day, even if just for a few moments. Check in with yourself on how things are going and what you can do to stay on track or get support. Just a few moments of silence, breathing or meditation can help you to stay focused and centered on what’s important to you.

Share your comments below on what tips work for you to stay healthy.

Here’s to a healthy year!

Love, Health and Success,

Suzanne Monroe is the Founder of The International Association of Wellness Professionals and Director of the IAWP’s Wellness Coach Certification & Training Program. The IAWP has given away over $100,000 in scholarships to support people who are passionate about health and wellness. If you’re interested in learning more about a career as a Wellness Coach, you can chat with an Admissions Advisor by scheduling your appointment here.


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