Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals
Although you may have crafted diet, health or
overall wellness goals after your New Year’s
resolution months ago, the spring season is a
great time to not only reevaluate them, but
also poses a great time to improve or omit
steps in your health routine.
As you are sifting through these goals to measure
whether or not they need to be revised, be sure to keep
this acronym in the back of your mind S.M.A.R.T, which
means specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and
timely. To illustrate, if you would like to incorporate more
physical activity or exercise in your health plan, the
following are some useful ideas to keep in mind when
conjuring up your health plan.
1. When you will exercise (in the evening before dinner)
2. What days you will exercise (Monday, Wednesday,
Thursday and Saturday)
3. How long you will exercise (maybe two hours a week)
4. When you will reexamine your new health goal (perhaps
the last week of the month)
Sometimes adjustments are necessary
There are several effective ways to reevaluate if your
goals are too far ambitious or sometimes not
challenging enough. Some ways to reexamine this
goal writing the pros or cons on paper or in an online
file, or even possibly discussing your struggles with
others who are undergoing a similar health plan.
These approaches will in turn make your goals
more realistic and overall a better fit for you.
Shortening the workout, a few exercises in your
workout or even cutting a day off is not the end of
the world moving forward in your health and
Making the change for the better
Making the necessary changes to successfully
participate in your new health plan is essential in
moving forward to maintain your overall wellness.
Altering the time you wake up or not meeting your
friend as often for dinner is a difficult task to endure
when you first start this process.
Going to bed earlier or waking up twenty minutes
before your alarm goes off may seem trivial, but it is
an aspect of going about your wellness plan that
many people tend to take for granted. Even though it
is very difficult at first, your mind and body will adjust
as you make these first time actions more of a routine
However fit or mentally prepared you are, sharing
your plan with loved ones is an essential way to
receive support in a genuine, organic way. Telling
your mother or your best friend about how you are
planning to achieve your plan is an ideal way to
verbalize your goal to motivate you.
Also, having a two way discussion about how you
specifically will achieve can also lead to constructive
criticism or other forms of emotional guidance to help
you along your journey. Not only can you ask said
person to call or check in on your progress once in
awhile, but offering to work out or attend a class with
this loved one is also a great motivational tool.
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