S.M.A.R.T. Decisions for a New You!

Hoping to reach your ideal weight in 2013?

 

This year focus on YOU rather than the number on the scale or the size of your pants.

 

Here’s how to make S.M.A.R.T. goals:

 

Get SPECIFIC – Don’t make a general goal to “lose weight” or “eat healthier.”  Instead make it specific. “Decrease my body fat to the healthy range” or “Eat a green vegetable at diner every night.”

 

Make it MEANINGFUL – You are more likely to attain your goals if it really means something to you.  What will change once you reach your New Year’s resolution? Will you be healthier, happier, more energized?  Make it mean something.

 

APPROPRIATE to you – Don’t run a marathon before you finish a 5k.  Make a goal that is appropriate to your health and fitness status.  Not to say that it should be easy but definitely safe and appropriate to your needs.

 

Think what is REALISTIC – Think about how many days you are willing and able to devote to making this change happen.  For example, if your goal is to “workout for at least 20 minutes, 4 times a week” then plan it out.  If you have lunch meetings and kids to pick up after work than make a realistic goal of waking up 20 minutes earlier to do a 20-minute walk around your neighborhood before work to start. The key here is you don’t want to have things come up and interfere with your goal.  If you are unable to get to the gym one week than you may give up and get out of a routine very easily.  Make small, steady goals to work towards achieving the big one.

 

TIMELY – A New Year’s resolution should not be something you can reach in a day, a week, or even a month and then forget about.  Lifestyle changes take time to establish.  Commit to working towards a “New You” for the long haul. By year’s end, you will feel a sense of accomplishment when you succeed.

 

So what’s your New Year’s Resolution?!

Liz Reichel

Liz Reichel

works for HealthEase as an Exercise Specialist and Assistant Manager of a corporate fitness site. She has a degree in Exercise Science as well as an extensive background in personal training, group exercise, health coaching, nutrition, and post rehab exercise.

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