TL;DR: Keeping a healthy lifestyle calendar on hand is a great way to help you stay on track towards your wellness journey. Rather than restricting yourself to a diet or over-committing to an intense workout plan, you can use these holidays to guide yourself towards a longer-lasting, more sustainable healthy lifestyle.
Most people who receive weight counseling from a health professional leave the exam room lacking the ongoing support they need to implement these changes. As a result, people try on their own to make the right lifestyle choices but are quickly burnt out by fad diets and unsustainable workout plans.
We know that eating right and staying fit is the key to good health, but strict, self-managed diets and intense exercise regimes just aren’t working. So, what’s the secret to losing weight and improving your health long-term?
Adopt a Commitment to Lifestyle Health
The truth is, maintaining good health in the long-haul requires a commitment to the long-haul. It’s not a sprint, but a lifelong journey. With the support of a professional care team, patients can instead begin to shift their focus to lifestyle health.
What does it mean to live a healthy lifestyle? We define it as the following:
“The commitment in mindset and practice to a balanced way of living which includes consistent habits that promote personal wellbeing and fulfillment in all domains of life and that proactively reduce the risk of illness, pain, or hardship.”
In other words, living a healthy lifestyle involves implementing simple yet consistent changes to nutrition, physical activity, and day-to-day life that promote good health. For example, taking the stairs instead of the elevator or pausing once a day to practice mindfulness.
Whatever changes you make, the idea is that you start small and commit to these habits for life, not just for a few weeks. As you add more and more habits, their effects begin to compound over time, giving way to powerful results. For example, these include decreased weight, less pain, and more mobility.
How to Commit to a Healthy Lifestyle
It’s true that committing to a long-term lifestyle transformation can be easier said than done. While a habit is formed in as few as 21 days, it can take as many as one to two years of consistently practicing those habits for your new lifestyle to take shape.
The key is to start slow and steady, focusing on the easiest changes you can make to improve your health. Importantly, those changes are different for everyone, so seeking guidance from your health provider is a great place to start. Soon enough, those easy changes will become a healthy lifestyle.
And because we’re only human, practicing a healthy lifestyle also means understanding that life happens. Birthday parties, weddings, illnesses, and everything in between are all part of it. Therefore, practicing healthy lifestyle habits doesn’t mean foregoing fun or never getting sick.
When it comes to losing weight, it may even fluctuate over time. The goal is to at least maintain a downward trend.
While life events may change your course, there’s plenty of others you can use to your advantage to guide yourself back on track. Look below at our calendar of holidays and dates of recognition you can observe along your wellness journey:
Healthy Lifestyle Calendar
September: Healthy Aging Month
September 14: National Food is Medicine Day
September 22: National No Sugar Day
October: American Heart Walk Month
October 8: National Salmon Day
October 10: World Mental Health Day
November: Diabetes Awareness Month
November 2: National Stress Awareness Day
November 17: National Hiking Day
December: Moderation Month
December 1: Eat a Red Apple Day
December 15: Healthy Holidays
January: New Year, New You Month
January 2: National Start your Healthy Lifestyle Day
January 17: Rid the World of Fad Diets & Gimmicks Day (Yes, really!)
February: American Heart Month
February 1: National Dark Chocolate Day
February 25: Let’s all Eat Right Day
March: Nutrition Month
March 8: National No Smoking Day
March 22: World Water Day
April: Stress Awareness Month
April 5: National Walking Day
April 7 World Health Day
May: Physical Fitness Month
May 2: National Fitness Day
May 21: Eat More Fruits and Vegetables Day
June: Great Outdoors Month
June 21: International Day of Yoga
June 23: National Hydration Day
July: Social Wellness Month
July 16: Fresh Spinach Day
July 24: International Self-Care Day
August: Family Fun Month
August 15: National Relaxation Day
August 31: National Trail Mix Day
Ready to celebrate? Contact us for a downloadable iCal file of this healthy lifestyle calendar.