The beginning of a new year is often a time when people set personal goals for improvement. Goal setting can allow you to re-evaluate how much sleep you’re getting, how many servings of vegetables you’re eating, or how often your family makes time to be active together. To set yourself up for success this year, get SMART with your goals!
One way to think about goals is SMART, which stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. For example, instead of setting a goal to run five miles every day – something that might be hard to fit into your schedule or may be well above your current fitness level – set a SMART goal such as eating a healthy breakfast every weekday morning.
Follow our tips for setting healthy goals that you can be proud to achieve in 2013:
- Avoid goals that require you to purchase new equipment. If you fall short on your goal, you might regret the expense down the road. There are plenty of healthy activities that you can do with little or no equipment such as walking, jogging, yoga, or using soup cans as hand weights.
- Ask a friend or family member to join you. Setting goals with someone else can help to hold you accountable. If your goal is to walk for 30 minutes after dinner, you may be more likely to succeed if it means you also get to catch up with a friend at the same time.
- Focus on activities, not numbers. There are many factors that affect the number you see when you step on the scale, including how hydrated you are and how much lean muscle mass you have. Avoid goals that focus on moving numbers up or down and instead focus on activities that will help you increase your fitness or overall well-being.
- Have fun with it! Remember to reward yourself and others when goals are met. Take a daytrip to your favorite park or museum. Be creative with tracking tools; try keeping a family goal chart where each member adds a sticker to mark success.
Have a safe and happy New Year with your family and let us know how you’re meeting your family’s health and fitness goals together.