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Healthy habits are an essential part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Many of us start the new year off with new resolutions to improve our health. We might want to lose weight, eat better, and incorporate a little more exercise into our weekly routine. But sticking to these resolutions can be difficult. To help you achieve your goals, we’re including some tips this month for to help you form those healthy habits.

Start small

Instead of trying to change everything all at once, start with one small habit that you can easily incorporate into your daily routine. For example, if your goal is to eat healthier, start by incorporating one serving of fruits or vegetables into each meal. Then build on it. Once you have mastered this habit, you can then add more healthy habits to your routine.

Find your routine

Habits are formed when an action becomes automatic. To make healthy habits part of your regular routine, try doing your new thing at the same time every day. For example, if you want to start exercising, try getting your workouts in at the same time every day, such as first thing in the morning or after work.

Track progress

Keeping track of your progress can help you stay motivated and on track. Plus, it’s kind of fun to see how far you’ve come. Use a journal, a calendar, or an app to track your progress. Lots of options out there.

Get support

Making lifestyle changes can be difficult, but it’s much easier when you have support from a friend or family member. You can also join a class and get a cohort of like-minded folks who are all working toward the same goal. For example, having a workout partner or a friend to share healthy recipes can make the whole process more enjoyable and help you stay on track.

Be patient

These changes don’t happen overnight. Changing habits can take time, so be patient with yourself. Remember that it’s okay if you slip up, miss a day of exercise, or have a little treat. The important thing is to keep moving forward with your new healthy habit.

If you need assistance, talk to your healthcare provider here at Horizon Family Medical Group. We can help you determine where to start and provide resources to help you on your journey. Call us at 1-800-859-0085.