Define Your Wellness Mission Chapter 3

Step 1: Set Goals

How do you decide what you want to change about your life and health? First, work with medical professionals to get an accurate picture of your health. Then, think through why you want to improve your life. Changing your approach to life is hard work. To succeed, you will need to be clear about your motivations and goals.


Start at the Baseline

Gaining a clear vision of how you would like to live a more healthful, balanced life starts with gathering some basic facts about your health. Some of these are facts that you may already know: Your weight, your height, your family history, your exercise habits. Other key measures should be taken by a medical professional: A full analysis of your blood composition, bone density, blood pressure, kidney and liver health and much more. We call this basic set of facts your health baseline, the starting point for your journey to wellness. READ MORE

Establishing your baseline with your doctor enables you to make a smart plan to address your health. First, you will find out if there are any existing conditions you must treat immediately. Anything out of balance in your blood tests, urine tests or other routine measures will alert your doctor to follow up and take action. The indicators in your body that reflect your health, health risks or the presence of disease are called biomarkers. Biomarkers are like a code that reveals the story of your overall health and wellness. LESS


Keep an Eye on Your Risks

Once serious ailments are ruled out, you and your doctor can identify areas where you are at risk for future health fallout. The combination of an accurate personal and family history with a complete current health analysis can help you focus on a few areas of potential concern. Does your family have a high rate of cardiovascular disease? Are you genetically predisposed to develop certain conditions? Do your habits put you at risk of stress-related illnesses? READ MORE

Work with your doctor to make a list, if necessary, of biomarkers to keep an eye on in light of the information you gather at your checkup. Talk through any risks or potential rough spots that might result from your behaviors, even if there isn't evidence of a problem now. Your doctor may be able to recommend resources, such as counseling groups or informative reading material, that will help keep you keep tabs on your health risks. LESS


Beyond Survival

Once you have treated, or ruled out, any acute conditions that require attention, you can begin to think big-picture about improving your health and life. We all have some habits that are detrimental to our physical health or our emotional well-being. What are yours? READ MORE

Defining a mission for lifetime wellness requires an honest look at our current habits. Whether you hope to lose a little weight, drink a bit less, stop smoking, or take your sleep needs more seriously, you must be realistic about your mission. Changing habits is difficult, especially if those habits are a long-held comfort to you. You will need a strong vision of your motivation for changing, and a specific plan for reaching your goals for better health and well-being. LESS

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