It’s not too late: Stick to your 2023 health goals with these tips

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We’ve all been there: one month into the new year and the resolutions we made to get and stay healthy have fallen by the wayside. If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. A whopping 91% of New Year’s resolutions fail. This year, strive to be the 9%.

But how can we make our health goals stick? Turns out, the key to keeping resolutions may not be a matter of determination or willpower but instead the resolutions themselves. Read on for tips on setting healthy goals, and, more importantly, following through with them, in 2023 and beyond.

Determining the right health goals for you

Perhaps the most essential part of setting a goal is understanding the “what” and the “why” of it. Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Why is achieving this goal important to you?
  2. How can you blend your core values into your goal?
  3. What motivates you, and how can you incorporate that into achieving your goal?

For example, let’s say your goal is to begin exercising and eating healthy. This goal might be important to you for a variety of reasons, such as weight loss, lowering your blood pressure or reducing your risk of developing chronic conditions such as heart disease or diabetes. Determine the reason that matters most to you. Perhaps one of your core values is being results-oriented and you are motivated by turning hard work into a game. You could incorporate that value into your goal by keeping a journal or calendar that charts your progress so you can celebrate little wins along the way.

It’s also important to find a way to enjoy the process itself and not just the end result. After all, what you hope to accomplish is a lifestyle change, not just a one-time victory. You want to be sure you can embrace this positive change and make it part of your life going forward.

Finally, it’s crucial to be practical about your goals. By breaking one big goal into measurable, realistic mini-goals within specific amounts of time, you can stay motivated as you move closer to meeting your overall objectives.

Achieve more with value-based care

Your personal health goals are just that: personal. However, getting others involved can help you stay on track to achieve them. In addition to your family members and friends, your healthcare provider can help you stay motivated and accountable as you work toward accomplishing your goals. That’s where value-based care comes in. By taking a people-focused approach to healthcare, providers who operate on a value-based model can put the focus on getting you healthy and keeping you that way; not just seeing you when you are sick.

At ilumed, we make it our business to help break down any barriers that might come between you and your health goals. We take a data-driven approach to understanding how we can best meet patients’ needs. Our representatives are there to provide our beneficiaries with quality support to keep them healthy and happy from one doctor’s appointment to the next. As ilumed beneficiary Robert says, “I always get ahold of someone when I call.” That means a lot.

Whether we’re finding answers to your health questions, helping you make an appointment with your doctor or safely getting you to and from doctors’ appointments with our reliable, always-on-time transportation services, your health and quality of life are our top priority, and it shows with every interaction.

Make 2023 your year of better health

We’re just one month into the new year—there’s still plenty of time to set and achieve health goals that matter to you. By following these tips, committing to the process of making positive changes and establishing a strong support system, the possibilities for what you can accomplish this year are limitless!

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