Now that we’re about a month into the new year, I think it’s a good time to check in on our wellness/health related new year’s resolutions. Take a moment to ask yourself how it’s going so far. Even if you think you’ve fallen behind, it’s never too late to re-set expectations. Knowing how to set wellness goals is just as important as working out. You need to know what you’re working towards: a measurable or SMART goal can get you there. Here’s how you can set your wellness goals and achieve them.
Before you begin working out, it’s important to have a roadmap for your goals. Having a clear and concise plan will increase the likelihood of achieving those goals. When you’re setting fitness goals make sure they are SMART:
Specific – Make sure you’re specific about the goals you want to achieve. Instead of saying “I want to lose weight”, say “I want to lose 5 pounds”. By identifying a certain number of pounds, you’re able to set a workout plan that will help you achieve the goal.
Measurable – Find ways to measure your fitness and nutrition goals. Do this by journaling your progress, tracking your measurements, or taking progress photos. Without a way to measure your goal, how can you know if you achieved it?
Attainable – Make sure to set goals you can achieve realistically. You’re more likely to stick with it if you set goals that are right for you and your current fitness level.
Relevant – Harvard Health suggests that you ask yourself, “Is your goal important to your life right now?” Your wellness goals should have a purpose that’s relevant to your life. It can be hard to stick with a goal if you don’t have purpose.
Timely – Make sure to set a time frame to reach your goals; if you leave it open ended you might not stick with it. Give yourself a realistic amount of time to achieve your goals. Do what’s right for you and your health.
No matter what your health and fitness goals are, you can achieve them if you remember the SMART method.