Chances are you've made a New Year's resolution at some point — and then broken it. The holidays have a way of leaving us with "gifts" — weight gain, indigestion, and more. This is the time of year when people typically vow to "do better," and sometimes those resolutions are difficult to maintain.
This year, stop the cycle and take the SMART approach to goal setting for a healthy lifestyle:
Specific: What are you going to do?
You don't have to start off running a marathon. You can make small steps and still make a big impact, but start with the end in mind. Know your goal and how you can accomplish it.
Measureable: How will you gauge success?
You can measure success in a number of ways! It could be measured in the lbs. lost, the size of your clothes, the number of steps you take per day, and the list goes on an on! Keeping up with your progress can be an excellent motivational tool!
Attainable: Is the goal realistic?
If you set your goal too high, you'll get discouraged when you can't meet it. Start small and then building upon your success later!
Relevant: How will the goal impact your life?
Did you know that simply losing 5-10% of your body weight can make a huge difference in your health and how you feel about yourself? Losing weight and excersicing more can reverse many health issues - adding precious years to your life!
Time-specific: When will you accomplish the goal?
Make your goal specific - add a due date to your resolutions. Again, make sure that your goal is attainable.
Resolve to make SMART choices when it comes to your health.