Maximize 2022 With the "Compound Effect" - Part 2

Written by Anil Bajnath, MD
Posted December 30, 2021

Dear Longevity Insider,

2022 is coming whether you are ready or not. There's no stopping that ticking countdown.

Most people float through life with 2021 looking much like 2020. Chances are, 2022 will be more or less the same for them.

If you want a successful, happy, healthy 2022, what are you going to do about it?

Once you’ve set realistic goals for your health, create small daily habits that can help you achieve your health objectives. For example, if your goal is to lose weight, schedule time each day for exercise and track your food intake. If sleep deprivation is affecting your mood or productivity at work, try to go to bed earlier or take a 20-minute nap during the day so you are more alert.

If you are struggling to stay motivated on your new behaviors, set up some accountability for yourself. For example, if you are trying to lose weight, tell a friend about your goals, and ask him or her to check in with you daily on your progress. As we approach the end of another year, many of us are looking ahead to the New Year and setting resolutions or intentions for ourselves. One area that is ripe for change is our health. One great way to set healthy intentions for the New Year is by thinking about what you want to achieve physically, emotionally, and mentally. Maybe you want to lose weight, get in shape, or eat healthier. Perhaps, you’d like to reduce stress levels or boost your energy. Here are some tips for setting effective health intentions for the New Year.

Why Is It Important to Set Health Goals?

In medicine, we work daily with our patients and set goals we want them to achieve by their next follow-up visit. Setting these realistic goals allow for them to not only be an active participant in their health, but to create daily habits to achieve their optimal level of wellness. Similarly, you can set goals for yourself. Not only can setting health goals help you achieve your objectives, but they can also be a great source of motivation as well as encouragement as you work towards those goals on a daily basis.

Brain Health & Exercise (Also Important for Your Health)

Studies indicate that participating in regular exercise helps prevent dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and mild cognitive impairment. Regular exercise also has benefits for body weight, cardiovascular health, sleep quality, productivity at work, mood disorders (e.g., anxiety and depression), stress management, self-esteem and self-confidence, and the list goes on.

If you are not currently exercising regularly, start by committing to exercising 3 to 4 times per week for 30 minutes each time. Remember to always speak with your physician before starting any exercise program!

It is also important to note that exercising does not have to be boring or strenuous. Find activities that you enjoy, such as walking, hiking, swimming, biking, yoga, or dancing. And if you love a good workout in the gym, make sure you are getting results from all of your hard work!

Bonus: Tips for Keeping Your Health Optimization Goals on Track  

  • Map out your goal and the steps it will take to achieve this goal. Be specific and realistic when you set your health optimization goals so that you can identify what is needed to reach your objective.

  • Determine the resources available in order to meet these goals, such as time, money, family support, etc.

  • Identify a support system of friends and family who are trying to achieve positive health changes as well. Having this network of people around you will help you stay accountable on your path to optimal health!

  • Stay focused and dedicated to these new behaviors by reminding yourself why you made these goals in the first place.  Revisit your goal statement often, whether it is printed out and hanging near your computer or written on a notecard in your wallet. Having this daily reminder of why you are taking these steps to improve your health will help motivate you throughout the year and beyond!

  • Track your progress and celebrate each success along the way. This does not mean that you need to weigh yourself every day, but rather take note of how you are feeling and how it is easier to stick with your new behaviors.

Health optimization is not an easy task, but by setting your intentions for 2022 now, you are preparing yourself to achieve these goals. So say goodbye to those fad diets that promise quick weight loss or guilt-free eating habits that leave you feeling deprived. Instead, commit to making healthy lifestyle changes that will improve your health and wellness in the long term, and make sure your friends and family are on board with keeping you accountable!

And if you're looking for vitality and supreme energy to start 2022 of strong, try this!

To your longevity,

Anil Bajnath MD
CEO/Founder, Institute for Human Optimization
Chief Medical Officer, Longevity Insider HQ

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