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10 Tips for Starting a Wellness Program Today

Easy Ways to Get Healthy

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8. Spend some time “cleaning house.” This is intended to be both literal and figurative. When our homes are a cluttered mess, it’s impossible to function well. Ditto for our schedules. Create a list of your activities and decide which ones aren’t contributing to your overall purpose in life. “De-fluff” that schedule and concentrate on those activities that bring meaning to your life, and ultimately to others!

9. Stop comparing yourself to others. We’re bombarded by images of “perfect” bodies every day. It’s easy to get caught up in all of it and feel as though we’ll never measure up – and chances are, we won’t. Let’s get real! These images are results of computer imagery, great lighting, professional make-up artists, self-starvation, plastic surgery and really good genes. Stop comparing yourself to a fantasy and just be the best you that you can be.

10. Reward yourself. It’s OK to feel good about yourself! And it’s OK, and beneficial, to reward yourself for your accomplishments, no matter how small they may seem. A meal at your favorite restaurant, a date at the movies, a new outfit, a bubble bath… whatever you wouldn’t normally take the time to do, as long as it contributes to your wellbeing, is a great reward!

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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.

Member Comments

  • IMCFARLIN
    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
  • Thank You! For all the tips, motivation, and inspiration. After a heart transplant, (April 29th' 2014)I am feeling GREAT and Sparkpeople and Sparkcoach are helping me to stay on track and trying new videos, reading new articles. Knowledge is POWER! - 7/28/2014 1:26:49 AM
  • LICHONGA
    Thanks Spark people, you make me feel good. I will start again. - 7/20/2014 12:17:57 AM
  • JGRANDER
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    - 5/5/2014 5:32:01 PM
  • The Birthday Wish is the best way to end the day. I know what I have to do and having a BD on the first day of the month is a great way to get back in to taking better care of myself. So here goes.
    - 5/2/2014 12:54:23 AM
  • NKIRUKAOZOMA
    Thanks for the birthday message, I really appreciate it. It is a wake-up call for me. It's assuring to know that there is someone out there to spur you on your healthy life journey. Thanks once again, I really appreciate it. And I want to seize this opportunity to HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THOSE OF YOU GUYS THAT SHARE THE SAME BIRTHDAY WITH ME..........MANY HAPPY RETURNS TO YOU ALL. - 3/9/2014 10:49:31 AM
  • Just got this link in my birthday email. Definitely going to print this out and put it in place. Thanks. - 2/10/2014 9:05:04 AM
  • Thanks for the article...a great pep talk/motivator.! - 1/17/2014 4:12:04 PM
  • Thanks for the birthday greeting and a reminder that I need to get back started. - 1/8/2014 1:17:50 PM
  • thanks for the best wishes a good reminder to start back today - 1/7/2014 7:06:02 AM
  • Excuse:: to forgive someone for making a mistake, doing something wrong, etc.,
    : to say that (someone) is not required to do something
    : to allow (someone, such as a child) to leave
    - 12/26/2013 9:07:23 AM
  • Perfect timing. I'm ready to begin. - 12/26/2013 8:47:09 AM
  • LOLA58
    Thanks for my birthday greetings. - 12/5/2013 1:40:30 PM
  • BUMMER101
    thanks for birthday wishes
    - 11/16/2013 12:08:03 PM
  • Thanks for the birthday wishes. I have been away for a long time. Actually thought that I should be back as this was always a helpful program. I have been a member of some paid online programs that just did not deliver anything as good as you have here. Just need to get active again.
    - 10/31/2013 6:05:38 AM