Leading A Healthier Lifestyle Just Got Easier with Goal Getters
(HealthCastle.com) Living a healthier lifestyle – many Canadians strive to do just that every day. However, as the saying goes: people don’t plan to fail, but often fail to plan. Changing behaviour doesn’t just happen; it requires us to adopt small changes into our everyday life and then to build on those changes (and successes) until they become new habits.
Living a healthier lifestyle starts with making small and easy changes, every day
Often people get bogged down in details and don’t know where to begin, but help has arrived with Goal Getters – a new online tool from the Dairy Farmers of Canada. Goal Getters can help you take the first step by providing you with easy ways to adopt healthier lifestyle behaviours, including consuming the recommended number of servings of milk products.
I had the opportunity to take the new tool for a ‘test drive’ and the experience was, in a word, fantastic.
The Goal Getters tool groups healthy lifestyle behaviours into three categories: nutrition, fitness and live better – a category of activities that emphasizes ‘me time’ and family time. Each category has several activities to try, which accomplishes two things:
- It allows the participant to choose which activity is most achievable, or realistic, for his or her current situation
- It provides a variety of activities from which to build on.
Each activity is well-thought-out and not only specifies why it’s important, but several examples of how to apply it. By incorporating two or three activities in total from all three categories, it’s possible to adopt healthier goals without feeling overwhelmed. After a couple of weeks more activities can be added, building on previous successes. If all activities were adopted, 32 new health-promoting goals could be achieved.
The two nutrition challenges that I completed were ‘Pack a nutrient-packed lunch’ and ‘Add a kick to milk.’ Packing a nutritious lunch is one of the best things a person can do to improve the quality of their midday meal. Take-out and fast foods are notoriously high in sodium, calories, sugar and fat (without even rehashing the issue of serving sizes). Taking a lunch is the easiest way to control ingredients and portion sizes.
The site gave me ideas that I wouldn’t otherwise have thought of. For example, I added a sprinkle of cinnamon and a few drops of double intensity vanilla extract to a hot mug of milk and felt like I was having dessert, minus all the added calories.
My fitness activity is one that I was already aware of but didn’t do often enough – having a glass of milk after my workout (for me that’s an intense spinning class). Tossing an insulated stainless steel bottle filled with ice-cold milk into my gym bag was effortless.
Live Better Activity
Leading a healthier lifestyle isn’t just about eating well and being active, it’s also about social connections. Left to my own devices, I default to email and text to connect with people more often than I care to admit. After reviewing the Live Better activities, there’s no substitute for connecting with people face-to-face. This activity reminded me to slow down and take some time.
Goal Getters Online Tool
In the end, the Goal Getters online tool for adopting healthier lifestyle behaviours was a winner. It is well laid-out, easy to navigate and provides a variety of activities from which to choose. More importantly, the activities are realistic, small and will make a positive impact on your health. It’s as simple as making the decision to start today; so what are you waiting for?
Only 1 in 3 Canadians gets enough milk products.
With Goal Getters, you’ll see how small steps can lead to a healthier lifestyle, which includes getting your recommended servings of milk products – every day.
Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Dairy Farmers of Canada via Glam Media Canada. The opinions herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Dairy Farmers of Canada.