The first two months of 2018 have flown by. New Year’s goals may not be so fresh in the mind. Reviewing fitness goals quarterly is a good idea to stay on track. Kevin Weston, an exercise physiologist at the LiVe Well Center in St. George helps many people achieve their wellness goals.

“When setting goals, knowing the ‘why’ is most important,” said Weston. “It is easier to keep moving in the direction of long term goals by thinking of ‘why’ you are setting certain goals.”

For example, many people decide in January to lose weight, eat healthier, and exercise more. Then around March, they give up. When envisioning a healthier direction for the remainder of 2018, concentrate on “why” weight loss, healthy eating, or exercise is personally important.

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“If you want to be able to hike with your children,” said Weston, “or be mobile enough to attend your great-grand-daughter’s wedding, or want to be a stronger caregiver for your spouse – you have your ‘why’ – now you need to figure out ‘how’ to get there.”

Knowing “why” you are lifting weights, walking a mile every day, or eating less sugar, will help keep you moving in the right direction toward long term goals. The LiVe Well Center can help you learn “how” to set and achieve short term goals for simple things like increasing stamina or balance, as well as more adventurous goals like running a marathon.

“At the LiVe Well Center we coach each client with their unique challenges and goals,” Weston said. “Living well does not just mean the absence of disease. We try and help each person be the best person they can be – to get well, stay well, and live well for the rest of their life.”

Weston gave an example of a woman who wanted to lose some extra weight. She was exercising regularly and trying to eat better, but she was not making progress with her weight loss goals. Through discussion, Weston learned that this woman had a demanding and stressful job that was affecting her ability to sleep.

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“I suggested she take an inner-wellness class to help her address areas of stress in her life,” Weston said. “After taking the class, she was able to make some adjustments, and she began to sleep better and to successfully move towards her weight loss goals.”

The LiVe Well Center offers individualized coaching and accountability to help identify obstacles and make adjustments to goals. Fitness evaluations are a great starting point to identify areas of concern.

“When it comes to taking charge of our health, there are elements people have control over such as diet, exercise, sleep, and stress,” said Weston. “And then there are elements such as age, gender, and genetics that we have no control over.”

Learning what kinds of exercise, foods, stress-relievers, and sleep routines work best for each individual are key. Be patient and flexible and keep moving in the right direction as success may not always be apparent right away.

“Remember to give yourself some slack,” said Weston. “If you ate too much cake, or forgot to exercise, or had a fall and got laid up in bed, forgive yourself, and keep moving in the right direction. If you have a bad day, a bad week, or a bad month, don’t give up, take control of what you can control, make adjustments as necessary, and keep moving towards your goals.”

This LiVe Well column represents collaboration between healthcare professionals from the medical staffs of our not-for-profit Intermountain Healthcare hospitals and The Spectrum & Daily News.


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