Kick your health goals



By the time February rolls around, most of us have either given up on our fitness goals or gotten a little bit slack. If you’re still not giving up on those health resolutions yet struggling to commit, follow these small tips!

Set small 30-day challenges:

In a recent TED talk, technologist Matt Cutts said he was able to achieve crazy things – like hiking Mt Kilimanjaro, by setting small 30-day challenges and then building upon them (if he liked them) once the 30 days had passed.

“I learned that when I made small, sustainable changes, things I could keep doing, they were more likely to stick. There’s nothing wrong with big, crazy challenges. In fact, they’re a ton of fun. But they’re less likely to stick,” Mr Cutts said.

Do exercise that you enjoy:

You’re less likely to give up on your daily dose of exercise if it’s something you like.

Ashton Greaves, Coordinator of Ipswich Hospital Foundation’s Fit4Life Program said Ipswich residents are able to try a variety of group fitness programs, from running and Zumba to Mums and Bubs sessions.

“One of our participants recently let me know that she has lost a total of 16kgs while participating in the Fit4life program.. more than the weight loss, her overwhelming feedback was about the motivation she takes from the other members as well as the great variety of classes on offer.”

Eat balanced and ditch diets:

Nutritionist Jessica Sepel said healthy living doesn’t mean a restrictive approach. “Taking small consistent steps each day toward your goal is how to build a truly healthy lifestyle,” she said.