10 Tips to Create Healthy Habits

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Whether you're hoping to lose weight, eat better, or get stronger, you may have a newfound desire to improve your overall health.

Resolutions can be successful, if you pay attention to your habits and you're open to change. Keep in mind that you can succeed with hard work.

Try these 10 tips to create healthy habits and reach your goal.

1. Create Your Goal

What's your goal? Make it a reasonable one. Dropping 30 pounds in a month may not be reasonable goal, but 5 to 10 pounds might be.

2. Be Specific

How many pounds would you like to lose? What part of your body would you like to see toned? Is there a certain date or event you would like to reach your goal by?

Figure out what you want and write it down.

3. List the Step

Once you've established a goal, make sure you list the steps it will take to achieve the goal.

For example, instead of just saying you want to get in better shape, plan to work out three days a week. Or, instead of saying you want to eat healthier, plan to eat three servings of vegetables per day.

4. Write Down Your Goals

Put your commitment in ink. Permanently promise yourself that this goal comes first.

5. Write Down "Why"

Don't just write the goal itself. Write down why it's important to you, too.

6. Place Your Goal Somewhere Visible

Place it on the refrigerator, in your car, or on the bathroom mirror so you can see your goal every day.

7. Mark Your Calendar

Write in the times and dates you will complete each workout. If you put it in your schedule, you're more likely to commit and make it a routine.

8. Stay Positive

For each day you complete a workout, draw a star on your calendar. Or, better yet, get yourself some gold stickers. You did a great job, so mark it down.

9. Read and Reread

Continue to read your goal and steps each day to make sure you're on track.

10. Congratulate Yourself Along the Way

For example, you lost 10 pounds in 30 days, reward yourself with a massage.

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