Have you made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight, exercise more, or eat better only to feel defeated a month or two later? Use SMART goals this year to see success. SMART stands for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely.
Specific. Make sure your goals are precise and stated in performance terms. For example, if you want to lose weight, your goal might be “to lose 30 pounds.”
Measurable. How will you track your progress and how you will know when you have reached your goal? Making your goal measurable means adding a number. For example, “I will weigh myself once a week.”
Attainable. One of the biggest mistakes people make while setting goals is that they set unattainable goals. Goals should be set high, but they must also be realistic. When healthy weight loss is 1-2 pounds a week, a goal to lose 30 pounds in six weeks is both unrealistic and unhealthy.
Relevant. Your goals should be important to you. Don’t set a goal just because your friends, family members or exercise partners have set that goal. Your goals are your motivators to continue exercising, so make sure they are important to you.
Timely. Include an end-point. Knowing that you have a deadline motivates you to get started. For example, “I will lose 30 pounds in six months.”
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