Take Charge of Your Health!

Holding Yourself Accountable

Holding yourself accountableTracking your health is crucial. While this primarily applies to your physical health, it can also be beneficial in application of the other four dimensions.

You increase your chances of being successful if you document your behavior and progress. Maintaining a log of how you feel can also be a great motivator – pay attention to your diet and activity levels on the days that you feel happier, more energized, and sleep better. “If you fall off track for a little while, even for a distressingly short interval of sloth, construction stops. (…) Short-term gains in fitness are fun but misleading.” [1]

Do not beat yourself up on a day where you make unhealthy choices. No one is perfect. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start climbing that Health Tree again! Take control of your health by keeping track.

 

Monitoring your daily caloric intake and how much you burn through physical activity can be logged in a personal journal, through websites, or on phone apps. Based on the progress that you are making, determined by the differences you see in your body and how you feel every day, you can evaluate what works for you and also identify areas that need improvement. Your exercise regimen and nutritional habits are not set in stone. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different healthy foods and alternative workouts.

Your health status is another area where you can and should take control. Take responsibility for yourself by knowing what medical conditions you may need to be checking on. Do you have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, or another condition that needs to be monitored? Make sure you are aware of the ways that you can help control it, and prevent sudden attacks or flare-ups.

For more information

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References

1. Crowley, Chris & Lodge, Henry S. (2007). Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy – Until You’re 80 and Beyond. New York: Workman Publishing Company, Inc. 104.)