Healthy Habits, Month 1: Get Started

Have you ever had a habit that you just can’t shake? Or had a habit that you want to instill in your life, but it never catches on? One great way to be mindful of the habits you keep is journaling. The health and wellness realm is made up of exercise, nutrition, sleep, water intake, and relaxation/mediation time. Tracking each of these categories will aid in creating healthy habits, as well as getting rid of unhealthy ones. 

That’s why we created our #HealthyHabits planner and tracker! Each month, we will be posting a new to do list and tracker for you to use to create your healthy habits in 2024!

Download the Healthy Habits Tracker + Planner for January

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January To Do List: A plan to help you get 1% better every day with simple tips to start slow and remain consistent.

Make a Plan: When you write down a goal and schedule when you’re going to complete it, you’re much more likely to commit to it. Get into the habit of scheduling when you plan to workout, create a healthy meal plan so you don’t make last-minute unhealthy choices, sleep more, and drink more water.

Track your progress: check off your successes! You don’t know need to do it all at once. Start small. Focus on checking just one healthy habit each day, and add more healthy habits goals each week.

Get into the habit of tracking your progress

Get into the habit of writing down your daily habits using our tracker. Even if you didn’t hit your goals, it’s motivating to get into the practice of journaling.  

A habit journal is a way to visualize your goals, whether they be daily or weekly. Having a list of tasks each day to complete serves as both a visual aid and motivation. Habits take roughly 90 days to form, so it is important to remember that you won’t be perfect! When life feels chaotic, logging any habit can give you a sense of control. 

Before altering your habits, it is important to understand why you have the routine you do. The CDC says that reflecting is one important way to keep your eating and exercise habits consistent.

“The benefits of regular exercise are proven. It can do wonders for your overall health,” said Dr. James Turek, a family medicine physician at Tidelands Health. 

In order to create healthy habits, journaling is known to help!  

Find the time: Set goals + create a schedule

When you write down a goal and schedule when you’re going to complete it, you’re much more likely to commit to it. Get into the habit of scheduling when you plan to workout, create a healthy meal plan so you don’t make last-minute unhealthy choices, sleep more, and drink more water.

Attend our Tidelands Tuesday Talk: Learn simple ways to eat right and exercise more 

  • What:Tidelands Health Registered Dietitian, Hope Brinkman, will share simple ways to eat healthier. Angie Hill, Senior Health and Wellness Director at the Tidelands Health Pawleys Family YMCA, will help you move more. 
  • Cost: Free to everyone (but must register online)
  • Date and Time: January 9th at 12:30 pm 
  • Location: Tidelands Health Pawleys Family YMCA 
  • Sign up: Healthy Living Programs – YMCA of Coastal Carolina (coastalcarolinaymca.org)

Download the January Healthy Habits Tracker + Planner

Updated Hours Today

We hope you and your family stayed safe during the storm. We will resume normal operations at all three YMCA of Coastal Carolina center locations at 11 a.m. today. 

  • Thursday, August 31: All three center locations will reopen at 11 a.m.
  • Friday, September 1: All three center locations will be open during normal hours.
 24-hour access will be unavailable to Tidelands Health Georgetown Family YMCA during the times the center is closed but will resume as normal tonight.