The past year has been tough on everyone, and for many, our health has suffered. Some reasons for that are beyond our control, but some we can change. Focus only on what you can control and simplify. Just like for a child, we improve when we feel success. Keep the changes small and attainable. Are you eating too little veggies and fruits? Try adding a salad every other day to one of your meals. Are you eating too many convenience snacks? Prep some vegetables at the beginning of the week so that they are easily accessed. If you drink multiple sodas in a day, begin by eliminating just one. Wanting to get more exercise? Take your pet for a short walk every day. Get a membership to a gym and start low with your goals. Don’t let guilt be a motivator. Guilt never works for a boss or a parent, so don’t expect it work for yourself. Keep the goals easy at first to feel success and then build on them. Keeping a record to mark off your successful days is also a good motivator. The Mayo Clinic has an article that details more about how to simplify. Paragon Orthopedics Center wants you to make your change count and get started today for better health!