We are on our 5th and final challenge of Healthy Eating Week. Today is the day to pledge to MAKE A CHANGE to your eating and exercise habits and to put into practice some of the positive things you have learned this week!
Over time, poor diet and sitting too much can lead to ill health, obesity and many health conditions. Making small lifestyle changes that are easy to fit in to your every daily life are more likely to stick and will soon become second-nature.
To help you decide where you could make small changes, it might help to think about what you currently eat and drink, and how often you exercise.
It can also help to think S.M.A.R.T.
Specific – you have a better chance of achieving your goal if you know exactly what you want to do (e.g. a goal to ‘swap all sugary drinks for water over the next month’ is more specific than a goal to ‘drink less sugar’).
Measurable – how will you know when you’ve achieved your goal? You might want to keep a diary or use an App to track your progress.
Achievable – is your goal realistic? Impossible goals can be demotivating so try to set one that you know you can do.
Relevant – will your goal improve your physical and/or mental health? Some people may benefit from eating more fruit and veg; others may eat plenty of fruit and veg but spend too much time sitting down. Make sure that the change you make will have a positive impact on your wellbeing.
Time-bound – your goal shouldn't’t be something that you put a finish date on – this is a lifestyle change after all!
If you can do all this, then you’ve got it in the bag! The Healthy Eating Week ‘Try, Swap, Change’ planner is really useful for helping you to make your small changes.