Reaching your activity goals is possible! All you need is a system that holds you accountable, provides organization, and keeps you focused on what you hope to achieve. No matter the goal — whether you’d like to touch your toes, or run a marathon — change requires planning and SMART goal setting. Follow these guidelines to help set and reach your goals toward a healthier you.
Write down your goal as clearly as possible. If you want to improve your health — how do you see yourself doing it? Do you want to lose weight? Do you want to stop smoking? Do you want to exercise?
A measurable goal means a quantifiable goal. How much weight would you like to lose? How will you track your progress? This works to further define your intentions. When you can see it, you can reach it.
Keep your motivation alive by making sure your goal isn’t too extreme or too easy. Only you know your body. What is a reasonable amount of weight to lose? What will drive you forward towards your health goals?
Don’t feel pressure from society — what are your goals? What does your healthiest life look like? Set goals that are currently important to you right now. Choose goals that you’re driven to reach today.
Set a deadline — this will push you to get started. Once your actionable goals become integrated into your daily routine, they become second nature. A calendar date creates the parameters for your goal to happen and holds you accountable.
When you commit to SMART goals, keep in mind that nothing is set in stone and you can revise as you go along. Take it one day at a time and you’ll be amazed by how much you can significantly improve your health.