How to set a healthy goal
The New Year is fast approaching and so are New Year’s resolutions. Why wait until January 1st (or Monday for that matter) to start setting goals for yourself? Use these three guidelines to start setting healthy goals today.
First, figure out what your goal is.
This seems like a simple idea but the more detailed you can be about what you want, the better. Avoid generalized goals like “lose weight” or “get healthy”. Break these down into more specific goals like lose 5lbs, get in shape, or run a race. Remember to make your goal reasonable and attainable.
Second, figure out the why.
The what won’t matter if there is no why behind it. Say you want to lose 20lbs….why exactly do you want to lose weight? Positive reasons for goals make you willing to work much harder. Do you want to lose weight for a beach vacation? Maybe you want to get in shape so you can run your first 5k? You could simply want to feel better in general – that is just as good a reason as any!
Really focus on why you want to change, that way on days when you are feeling down and less-than motivated you have a concrete reminder that you really want to do it!!
3rd, you need to figure out how.
How are you going to reach your goal? Having a specific plan in place versus just “winging it” will make it more likely that you will reach your goal. Are you going to join a gym? Buy some fitness DVDs? Subscribe to a fitness magazine for workout ideas? If you want to run a race, try starting the Couch to 5k Program.
To make things more reasonable and less intimidating, break up a larger goal into smaller, weekly goals. It is much less overwhelming to work on a little at a time (think in terms of 1 pound a week for 4 months instead of simply losing 20 lbs).
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