Monday, January 4, 2010

SMART goals to your New Year Resolutions!

Is your New Year's Resolutions to get fit and be healthy in 2010. How is it going so far?

Many people make the decision to get into shape every year, and many do succeed, but many do not...why? In my opinion there are a number of reasons, one of them being that although you've resolved to change, the actual commitment to change is not there. You have to want to change, any change you make should be important to you and mean enough to you, so you are willing to give it the time, energy and effort it takes. They should become part of your lifestyle. If you don't make the changes part of your lifestyle, you will never truly succeed.

Another way to help you succeed with the changes you've committed to is to set realistic goals. When you set your goals, use the SMART method. This method will make it easier to keep and reach your goals. What is SMART?

S = Specific - your goals should specifically state what is to be accomplished. They should be easy to understand, not ambiguous.

M = Measurable - the goal should be measurable so you know whether or not you actually achieved them. For example, walk/jog for 10 minutes. Do 3 sets of 20 crunches.

A = Attainable - the goal should not be too difficult or too easy. If the goal is too easy you will not be motivated to work towards it, if it is too difficult, you may get frustrated and abandon it.

R = Relevant - the goal should be relevant or pertinent to your interests. For example, if your goal is to take part in a 5K walk, you do not need to be doing speed work at the track.

T = Timed - the goal should be bound to a specific deadline, both short-term and long-term, it will keep you on track and focused. A 20-30 day time period is usually good for each goal.

To help you reach those SMART goals, start a log, daily write down what you've done, when you see the progress you have or haven't made, it will push you and motivate you. Also, report to others, pick a few family members or friends or start a blog, let it be known what you are trying to do. Once its out there they will be wondering how you are doing and hold you to your goals and commitment.

GOOD LUCK! Here's to a happy and healthy 2010.

No comments:

Post a Comment