The 5 S.M.A.R.T Ways To Keep Your New Years Resolutions In 2016
After a month filled with feasts and festivities in December, people are often far more inclined to make some healthy changes once the New Year arrives. New Years resolutions can come in all shapes and sizes but more often than not, there is a heavy focus on health and wellness goals. So why is it that the gym’s are always so full at the beginning of January but then attendance steadily declines as the year progresses? The truth is, when you vocalize a goal without creating an action-plan behind it, things can frequently go awry. This year if you want to make a fitness and health resolution that you stick to, you just have to do it the S.M.A.R.T way. Here are the 5 S.M.A.R.T elements your resolution needs to have, in order to be a success.
When 2016 rolls in, instead of just saying that this year you want to lose weight, start to think about what that means to you in performance terms. Saying you want to lose weight, without setting a specific goal such as, how many pounds you want to lose and in how long, or how far you want to be able to push your body like being able to run 10k, could result in the resolution falling a part. Instead, pinpoint exactly what you want to achieve and in how long, as that way you will be working towards a tangible goal and not just an idea.
When setting a goal you need to be able to determine if you’ve achieved that goal through a measurable result. For instance, if your goal for 2016 is to have a smaller waist, then how many inches do you want to lose and in how many months? If you say you want to lose 3-inches off your waist in six months, then the result of that resolution will be easy to measure six months from now. Likewise, if your goal is more of an internal one, like reducing your cholesterol levels, you and your doctor can determine how many points you need to reduce your cholesterol by to be healthy. Once that number has been determined, you have something specific, measurable and real to aim for.
Setting an achievable New Year’s resolution is half the battle when it comes to sticking to your goals. Although it is great to have a challenging resolution to work towards, it is important to set one that is attainable. Being unable to reach your goal because it is unrealistic, can be one of the most discouraging setbacks to a healthier you. For instance, if you want to lose 20 pounds, be sure to give yourself a healthy amount of time to achieve that.
Set a resolution that means something to you and not because everyone else is doing it. By choosing a goal that is of the utmost importance to you, there is a greater probability that you will stick to it. Likewise, if someone tells you to lose weight, there is only so far the resolution will go, while someone else’s words are driving it forward. The goals we are most likely to carry out, are the ones that come from a place of self-love that are driven by the genuine desire to improve your health, no matter what outsiders are saying.
In order to be a success, every resolution needs to be bound by an achievable time frame. Saying you want to lose 10-pounds will only get you so far, yet saying you want to lose 10-pounds in 8-weeks is a far more tangible goal. Determine how much time you’re giving yourself to lose the weight and it will also be much easier to stick to smaller weight-loss goals that you can measure at weekly increments. The best way to reach a goal is step by step, and having a realistic and healthy time-frame is the surest way to keep you on the right track to a healthier you in 2106!
By: K. T. Edwards