Have you ever set a goal and been so excited about seeing it through and reaping the benefits, and then a week later realizing your efforts tuckered out on the third day?
Do you read or hear about other people who have set goals and accomplished amazing transformations, such as losing 100 pounds or exercising 5 days a week, every week for a year?
Maybe you find yourself making a New Year’s Resolution and keeping it like only 8% of Americans do?
Or are you like most of Americans who make resolutions, but aren’t able to keep them? (Raising my hand here)
So what are the 8% percent who are keeping their goals doing that the rest of us aren’t?
Is it a secret? One might think so, but it’s actually quite simple when you break it down.
Here are some key tips to help you (and me) in setting health and fitness goals we will be successful with:
- Keep goals simple. When we try to do too much at one time we can get overwhelmed and discouraged. It’s best to keep your list of goals short.
- Write it down. There is something about writing our goals down that make them seem more official. Put the note in a prominent place in your house where you’ll see it and be reminded of what you’re working towards.
- Set “SMART” goals. This acronym stands for “Specific Measurable Accountable Realistic Timeframe”. Think about these qualities when goal setting.
- Go for the action! Set goals that are reliant on action, and not ideas. Here’s an example: Rather than saying “Eat healthy.” (an idea), you could say, “Eat only whole foods, not processed foods that come in a package, box or bag.” (an action!)
I hope these tips give you some good ideas about setting health and fitness goals you will be successful with! I know it’s only December, but why put off living a healthy life until New Year’s Day?
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