Whole Body Action Plan: Maintaining a Healthier You

Though our Whole Body Action Plan officially lasts four weeks, achieving long-term wellness is an ongoing process.

Sustaining your newly developed positive habits can be challenging, warns Dr. Donald Hensrud, chair of preventive medicine at the Mayo Clinic, especially if you find exercise a chore or eating well a challenging proposition.

For continued success, look outside the box to find what excites you: Try viewing the process as a game; there is no greater prize than looking good and feeling even better.

Whole Living guest blogger Sarah Rose Cavanagh used the plan to refocus on the fitness routines she had let slide after starting a new job. Finding the time to exercise and regularly hit the grocery for fresh foods was her biggest obstacle, but she quickly realized the importance of balancing her personal goals with a busy work schedule. The lesson? You may always be busy, but you still must make your own physical and mental health a top priority.

Like many of us, Audris Wong had struggled with her weight and longed to stop the up-and-down dieting cycle. Now she is back in clothes she hasn't been able to wear in years, and credits the Whole Body Action Plan with giving her the tools to get on track. For Audris, the biggest challenge was eating healthfully without falling into a food rut. Now, she plans her meals in advance to ensure she eats food that is not only nutritious but also flavorful and visually stimulating.

Remember, it's never too late to start the journey to a healthier you -- you can sign up for your own personal Whole Body Action Plan at any time. Also, be sure to join our online community for more daily challenges and support.

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