Happy New Year! Have you made a New Year's resolution for this year? Did you know that most resolutions are broken by Feb. 1? So what can you do to maintain the resolution you have made? Make sure the resolution is SMART! Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time Based. Sounds familiar, right?!
To make a Specific Health and Fitness Goal: Make sure your goal provides direction. I want to run faster this year OR a better goal would be... I want to lower my time for a 5K by 5 minutes.
To make a goal measurable, you want to have the ability within the goal to tweak the direction and provide more motivation to you. So instead of saying I want to lose weight and go to the gym more this year, you should state that you want to lose 10 pounds and go to the gym 3 times a week.
Is your goal Achievable and Realistic? Can you lose that 50 pounds by Spring Break while working 2 jobs and going to school? Do you really need to lose the 50 pounds? Do you have the resources to help you lose the 50 pounds? Too lofty of goals lead to anger, frustration and lack of confidence. By setting achievable goals, you gain confidence which will build and lead you to achieving even bigger goals. You also must be realistic in what you can achieve with the resources you have. Do you have a gym membership, a doctor, nurse or dietician helping you make the changes that are needed to lose the 50 pounds?
Last but not least, is the goal time-based? By setting a deadline for your goal, you add motivation and it helps you strategize how you will achieve the goal by the deadline. Smaller goals and multiple deadlines are a good way to achieve a larger goal.
So are you ready to make your New Year's Resolution? Hopefully, this year's resolution will be achieved and not broken by February.