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We all tend to spend a lot of time designing business strategies, planning our careers, and finding ways to improve our lives. So how about using those skills to compile a “good health strategy”?

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) mentions three steps to living a healthier lifestyle. If you approach this with the same purpose as you would when constructing a business plan, your chances of succeeding are so much better.

1. Planning
When planning your good health strategy, start by asking yourself some important questions:

  • What do you want to achieve?
  • What is the goal?
  • Why do you need to achieve it?
  • How will it help your long-term health?
  • How will you achieve your goal?
  • How will you keep on track?

Once you have answers to these questions, you’ll automatically move from a wishlist to a clear plan.

However, your plan must be measurable, relevant, time-bound, and achievable. Make sure that it’s realistic and that you take the time to track your progress.

When you’re in the process of preparing your plan, remember that you have access to experts such as your Link pharmacist, doctor, and other professionals such as dieticians, and fitness experts to help and support you along your way.

2. Accountability
The CDC believes that tracking a new habit – that is, a healthier lifestyle – makes you more likely to succeed. You can figure out what is working and learn as you go. In this way, you are encouraged to follow your plan and take accountability.

Track your performance whichever way you prefer, for example by using apps, a food diary, a notebook, or even a trusty spreadsheet. You can also benefit from social support such as walking partners, a gym buddy, or friends to help keep you on track.

Whatever support you think you may need – be sure to list it in your plan.

3. Recognition
It’s important to include milestones in your plan so you can celebrate when you achieve it.

But if you don’t achieve your objectives in the timeframe you had in mind, don’t be discouraged. Sometimes the biggest success to celebrate is picking yourself up, getting back on track and not giving up!

If you’re developing a plan to assist you to break habits and achieve healthy objectives, talk to your Link pharmacist or doctor to help you with getting the foundation right, and setting realistic goals and timeframes.


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