Brain Tip of the Week: Define Your Health Goals

There’s a need for accepting responsibility – for a person’s life and making choices that are not just ones for immediate short-term comfort. You need to make an investment, and the investment is in health and education.

The above quote comes from Buzz Aldrin – and it turns out this real-life moonwalker was on to something. Research has proven time and again that people who keep healthier bodies perform better on mental acuity tests. This connection works the other way around, too: the healthier your brain, the healthier your body.

But if we all know it’s important to eat right and exercise, why do so many of us fail at keeping our brains and bodies in tip-top shape? It’s because we don’t have a goal. We know we want to “be in shape,” but we don’t necessarily know what that means. And of course, all the conflicting health information out there doesn’t help.

That’s why my Brain Tip of the Week is to define your health goals.

This week, really think about what it means to be healthier and set specific goals to help you achieve that. If you want to eat better, cook 8 healthy meals a week. Are you a couch potato? Hit the gym 3 times a week. And if you already have a robust fitness routine, maybe you want to add bi-weekly yoga classes to improve your flexibility.

It’s not enough to just set these goals, either! You have to create a plan for how you’re going to achieve them. So if you want to cook 8 healthy meals a week, you might collect some recipes, go grocery shopping for basic spices and perhaps invite a friend over for dinner to force you to cook the meal you said you would.

Not sure what you want your health goal to be? I like to live by the simple maxim, “Add the good and subtract the bad.” If you want to be more specific, the website Start1Stop1 is a great place to start.

Whatever goal you pick, make sure above all else that it’s realistic. Don’t pick an ambitious goal that you’re never going to reach. Pick something small that you can actually do – and over time, that little bit will make a huge difference.

Want to boost your brain even more? Get more brainpower and memory tips HERE!

Written by Jim Kwik

There’s a need for accepting responsibility – for a person’s life and making choices that are not just ones for immediate short-term comfort. You need to make an investment, and the investment is in health and education.

The above quote comes from Buzz Aldrin – and it turns out this real-life moonwalker was on to something. Research has proven time and again that people who keep healthier bodies perform better on mental acuity tests. This connection works the other way around, too: the healthier your brain, the healthier your body.

But if we all know it’s important to eat right and exercise, why do so many of us fail at keeping our brains and bodies in tip-top shape? It’s because we don’t have a goal. We know we want to “be in shape,” but we don’t necessarily know what that means. And of course, all the conflicting health information out there doesn’t help.

That’s why my Brain Tip of the Week is to define your health goals.

This week, really think about what it means to be healthier and set specific goals to help you achieve that. If you want to eat better, cook 8 healthy meals a week. Are you a couch potato? Hit the gym 3 times a week. And if you already have a robust fitness routine, maybe you want to add bi-weekly yoga classes to improve your flexibility.

It’s not enough to just set these goals, either! You have to create a plan for how you’re going to achieve them. So if you want to cook 8 healthy meals a week, you might collect some recipes, go grocery shopping for basic spices and perhaps invite a friend over for dinner to force you to cook the meal you said you would.

Not sure what you want your health goal to be? I like to live by the simple maxim, “Add the good and subtract the bad.” If you want to be more specific, the website Start1Stop1 is a great place to start.

Whatever goal you pick, make sure above all else that it’s realistic. Don’t pick an ambitious goal that you’re never going to reach. Pick something small that you can actually do – and over time, that little bit will make a huge difference.

Want to boost your brain even more? Get more brainpower and memory tips HERE!

Written by Jim Kwik

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