How to Set New Year's Goals You Can Achieve
Have you ever set nutrition or exercise goals but then given up before reaching them? Why is it so challenging to stay motivated? Read these tips to set realistic and effective goals to help you stay motivated.
Imagine you decide to take a road trip to a place you love—for example, let’s say, Southern California. You’re driving through Las Vegas and you get a flat tire. Instead of fixing the flat you catch a bus and come back home to Utah. Seriously, who would do that?
Well, that’s what many people do after starting a healthier lifestyle—instead of “fixing the flat” they make a U-turn and head right back to their old habits. Just like planning for a vacation, you need to plan to have a successful lifestyle change. Here are some tips to help you create and stay motivated:
Set Attainable Goals
a. Create S.M.A.R.T. goals
(i.e., goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely)
b. Make goals action-oriented
Goals based on body image are rarely successful and don’t promote a long-term lifestyle change. So, instead, make goals around an action or outcome (e.g., “I will run a 5K in June of this year.”)
After creating your action-oriented wish list, number each goal by priority.
d. Set up a reward system
It’s okay to reward yourself with something you’ve been wanting once you attain a goal. For example, “Once I complete my 5K, I will buy myself a new pair of running shoes.”
e. Break big goals into smaller ones
“I will start a Couch-to-5K program now to be ready for my 5K in May. I will exercise at least 3 days per week.”
Create Your Personal Fitness Wish List
Write down every health and fitness goal you have ever thought of achieving (e.g., Run a 10K, learn to rock climb, workout consistently 4x/week.)
Remember, base the wish list on actions, not outcomes or body image. For instance, instead of making a goal to lose ten pounds, make it a goal to walk or run three times a week.
Related: Healthy you--All-year Long
Identify Obstacles to Success
List the obstacles that have prevented you from achieving success in the past and anything you think may keep you from success in the future. Develop some strategies to overcome each obstacle. The first one is done for you.
I don’t have enough time
With these tips, you’ll see a new and improved you before you know it—attaining goals left and right. And while you’re here, check out my other healthy living articles.
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