If you haven’t made New Year’s resolutions, it isn’t too late! Here are some suggestions for setting those New Year’s resolutions so they are accomplished, and not abandoned!
Make SMART goals! One giant goal to say, “lose 50 lbs” or “exercise more” is nice, but how are you going to do that? SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timed. When setting goals, try to think about these five things, and you will be able to achieve your goals.
First, specific goals, instead of “exercise more” try “I want to exercise for 15 minutes, 3 days a week for 1 month” and after one month, you can set another goal. Instead of “lose 50 lbs”, what can you do help that? How about a goal to eat three or more vegetable servings each day, or drink a certain amount of water each day? Being as specific as you can will help you better reach your goals because you know what you are reaching for!
Next, measurable goals. You have to be able to measure the goals you set. If you say “eat better”, what does that mean? How do you know when you have accomplished it? How about “eat 25 grams of fiber each day” or “eat two fruit servings each day”. You can easily see each day if you were able to meet that goal!
Third, attainable goals. Don’t set yourself up for failure! Pick goals you will able to accomplish. If you have not exercised at all the last 6 months, to set a goal to “exercise 2 hours every day”, even though it is specific and measurable, it may not be attainable. Set something for yourself that you will be able to hit, even if not right at first.
Fourth, realistic goals. This is similar to attainable goals. Like our example above, if you set a goal to exercise 2 hours each day, even though you have trouble fitting in 30 min, it really isn’t realistic. Set something that works with your daily routine. If you only drink 8 oz of water a day, setting a goal to drink 80oz, is not realistic. Think 16-24oz a day at first. Think about making small goals and working up from there. This will help you stay organized and make your life easier! Once you hit that goal, remember to set another and be continually improving those healthy habits!
Finally, timed goals. When goal setting, you want to give yourself a time frame, a time to hit your goal by, or re-evaluate. With our exercise example, you could say “to exercise 20 minutes, 3 days a week for 1 month”. When you get to a month, you can re-evaluate, and maybe increase the amount of time, or the days for the next month. It is easy to forget about the goals we set, or even procrastinate, when we have a year to complete them in. Try setting goals you are working towards in a shorter amount of time, and I bet you will see better results!
So, as you are making New Years resolutions, remember to make them SMART! By keeping your goals specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timed, you will see results, and make strides in improving your health and wellness! Here is too 2013 as your healthiest year yet!
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