When we set goals to lose weight, eat less processed, or drink more water we all have our own individual reasons. Do you workout so you can have that brownie at the end of the day? Walk in the evening to de-stress? Or are you eating to decrease your cholesterol because your spouse wants you to? Are you trying to be a good role model for you kids?
Here’s a secret- Well not really a big secret, but something many of us don’t think about when making health related goals, however, it is important. Studies show that when the reason is for yourself and for your health-not just vanity reasons, you are more likely to be successful long term than if your goals are for someone else. Makes sense when you put it like that, huh?
The reason behind this is if it is for someone else you are less likely to stick with achieving your goals and may be more likely to give in when tempted to sway back to old behaviors. More than likely you just don’t have enough drive to continue over time if the reason isn’t for YOU.
So the next time you think you want to begin changing your behaviors and do something to improve your health, take a minute and think about the why. If at least part of the reason is for yourself you are on the right track!
~Gretchen Leigh Wellness