It’s so obvious it’s almost a cliché: Setting a goal will drastically improve your chances of reaching the desired outcome. If we create goals for our career and finances – why shouldn’t we create goals for our own health and wellbeing? Yet we often become too busy to think about our desired health outcomes. So, let’s learn about the importance of health goals and how we can reach them.
Do you work out regularly? If so, that’s great! If not, setting healthy goals is a great way to get started. If you do work out regularly, how do you know when you are becoming more fit? How do you measure progress? While getting 3-5 workouts a week is a definite success, setting a health goal can help you improve how you feel, how you look, and your overall wellbeing.
The first priority in setting goals is to be honest with yourself. For my own life, I had to ask, “Where do I want to be? And what do I need to do to reach my goals?” Proper goal setting can help motivate and inspire anyone. Whether you’re interested in losing weight, gaining muscle, or cultivating health – or a combination of all three – goal-setting helps establish a framework.
That’s why I recommend using SMART goals to stay on track. SMART is an acronym that helps us make goals Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. Here’s an example of a SMART goal that I’m using right now:
- Specific: Lose 20 pounds
- Measurable: I can step on my scale to see if I’m on track.
- Attainable: 1-2 pounds each week is a reasonable rate of weight loss.
- Relevant: It’s a step toward improving my health.
- Time-bound: I can do this in five months or less if I’m consistent.
Write It Down
This is important. Taking pen to paper makes goals more tangible and can help you feel more accountable. Plus, you can share them with others to build more accountability partners towards your health journey. Click here if you’re interested in learning more about creating a fitness plan.
Easy Does It
Don’t bite off more than you can chew. This goes back to the Relevant and Attainable part of SMART goals. If you’re not exercising at all, you might set a goal to take a short walk three days per week – instead of striving for seven days right out the gate. That way you’ll feel encouraged by your success and can work your way towards exercising more often.
Form New Habits
The evidence is clear. It takes about one month to form a habit. So, if you need to wake up an hour earlier each day to go for a jog, the first month will be the most difficult. But if you can stick with it for a month, it will become much easier in the long haul.
Was this helpful for you? I’d love to hear about your own healthy goals at email@example.com. And please be sure to subscribe to my newsletter below to receive more health and wellness tips straight to your inbox each Friday.