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10 Tips for Starting a Wellness Program Today

Easy Ways to Get Healthy

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It’s never too late to begin your journey in wellness! Here are 10 steps you can take today to get started.

1. Write out your goals and desires. What’s your wellness vision? Where do you envision yourself three to five years from now? Set three-month and weekly goals based on your wellness vision. Goals should be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Action-based, Realistic and Time-oriented.

2. Ask what, when and how. Make a list of the hurdles that keep getting in your way of living a life of wellness. Then determine which ones are true obstacles – things that you need to work around or find solutions to. And the excuses – ‘nuf said!

3. Have a plan. Rarely, if ever, is any major task or project accomplished without a plan in place. Lay out a plan for accomplishing your goals, as well as solutions for overcoming the hurdles. This is your game plan – it should be flexible, but have fortitude, fun, but not “fluff.” And make it active. Include specific steps you will take to reach your goals.

4. Start a journal. Your goals, desires, barriers, obstacles, excuses, solutions and plan should all be a part of your journal. Make your journal yours. Set it up so it’s easy to use so that you will use it. Include space to just let your thoughts flow. Use it to let out your feelings, vent, rejoice, or celebrate. You’ll be amazed at how freeing it is!

5. Begin your journey where you’re standing now. Where are you right now, this moment, on your journey? Accept where you are and where you need to be and begin the steps necessary to bridge that gap. If, however, you find that old issues keep popping up, preventing you from reaching your goals, you may need to seek counseling. Sometimes the only way to move forward is to first go backward.

6. Take one step at a time. What happens when a builder forgets an important step in building a house? Or a chef leaves out an important ingredient in a recipe? Doesn’t work so well, does it? It’s the same thing with your life. You must take certain steps in order to reach a place of wellbeing—and make it fit your lifestyle.

7. Learn from your setbacks. Making mistakes and experiencing failure is all a part of being human and living. Rather than getting down on yourself, take that setback and turn it into something positive – something you can use to reach your goals. Sometimes life is indeed two steps forward, one step back!
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Carrie Myers Smith Carrie Myers Smith
Carrie Carrie is an ACSM-certified personal trainer with a bachelor's degree in exercise science and health education. Her work has appeared in Shape, Fitness, Cooking Light and Energy for Women.

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  • DENDOLL
    Thank you for my birthday wish. Each decade there is a change to my body that surprises me. Today I am 81 and need desperately to change my attitude towards how I live each day. I will do it starting today. Yesterday, I began an exercise program and now a new look at what I eat. I can do it. - 2/24/2015 12:04:47 PM
  • DOLPHINGIRL123
    thanks for the birthday wishes yesterday - 2/10/2015 9:35:25 PM
  • A good article, and I will work on all but the last. I don't believe in rewarding myself for something I should be doing. That's like rewarding myself for cleaning the house or doing the laundry. - 1/3/2015 8:12:28 AM
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  • Starting today I am not eating any processed food, it is a good place to start. Getting to whole foods and not the processed stuff should made a difference. Almonds are whole food and granola bars are processed food. Everyone needs fat in their diet, good for the brain. - 10/5/2014 5:08:19 AM
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    I am having a very difficult time with what exactly is "healthy" food. Is nothing that comes easily healthy? Can I only eat fruit and veg? I look at the almonds at300 calories for 40%of my daily fat allowance and wonder if that is truly "healthy". Yes, I know its the right kind of fat but it is fat nonetheless! Is there any granola bar that would be classed as healthy? is there a resource that outlines what is "healthy"? Are there perameters set out somewhere? Can anyone help????? - 10/4/2014 1:36:40 PM
  • well, I am going to be brutally honest about my food intake. that is an eye opener!!!!! I am just starting, but I think the food is ultimately going to be the hardest for me. And here I thought I was eating healthy and my exercise was my problem. NOt!!!!!!!
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    I just joined Spark a few days ago. I am writing everything I eat in a journal, and today I started walking, which I plan to do at least 5 days a week. I used to walk a half hour to an hour a day 4 years ago, but barely managed 15 minutes today. But it is a start and I am determined to get back to dedicated walking. Yay for me! - 9/7/2014 9:32:17 AM
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    Yes, thanks for the birthday wishes and tips. I feel I truly want to get as healthy as I possibly can (without going insane trying to get there) this year. I just turned 64. A good time to do it and to finish the work I am doing (a memoir and a lot of other stuff) now if ever. I appreciate the encouragement. - 8/13/2014 3:57:07 PM
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