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8 Non-Weight Loss Goals to Consider

0 2 years ago

Weight loss is a very common goal in the wellness space. But often focusing too much on the scale can be detrimental to your mental health, causing you to miss key aspects of overall wellness. Instead of zoning in on a number, shift your focus to create goals centered around wellness and behavior change.

Wellness goals should focus on bettering your mind, body, and spirit. Through small behavior changes, you can feel big benefits.1 After all, successful and sustainable health is achieved through a variety of health-promoting behaviors.

It’s not easy to make changes, though. You’ve been living a certain way for many years, and your go-to tools are ones you probably picked up along the way. They may have worked for you before, but sometimes shifts are needed for positive change.

Instructions

Now that you’re on board with making wellness goals, it’s time to determine what you’d like to work on. Since new habits take an estimated 66 days to form, you’ll want to give yourself plenty of time and tools to help you be successful.1

To help you set your goals, use the SMART criteria—specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timed.2 Instead of, “I’m going to sleep more,” try, “I will go to bed 30 minutes earlier 5 days a week for the next 4 weeks.” The clearer your goals are, the more likely you’ll be to attain them.

Talking with your healthcare provider, coach, personal trainer, or a registered dietitian can help you set appropriate goals and set action plans to see them through.2

Consider adding these eight wellness goals to your routine.

Set Non-Exercise Activity Goals

Moving more doesn’t have to be done through formal exercise. In fact, any activity or movement that does not involve sport or exercise is considered non-exercise activity.

Doing more things for yourself physically is not only good for the mind, but it’s also a hefty contributor to your physical health. This is called NEAT, non-exercise activity thermogenesis.3 Not only can NEAT help you maintain a healthy level of physical fitness, but simple tasks like cleaning up and decluttering can improve your quality of life and reduce stress.45

Non-Exercise Activity Goals

  • Take the stairs at work instead of the elevator
  • Wash your car once a week by hand
  • Walk to a co-worker’s desk instead of emailing or calling them
  • Stand more. Consider a standing desk or simply standing during activities you would normally do sitting down.
  • Walk or cycle for transportation
  • Play with your kids
  • Do some yard work or clean the house
  • Do an active family outing once per week or as often as possible like hiking, biking, kayaking, paddle boarding, or creating an obstacle course.

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