A new year is upon us, and you’ve probably set a resolution or two.
If you’re like most people, you might have plans to become more active, lose weight or eat healthier. Also, like most people, your efforts will probably start strong, only to fizzle by March.
So why not try a different approach this year?
The U.S Department of Health and Human Services recommends instead of making general goals, use the SMART method. This means setting goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-specific.
Instead of a vague goal like “exercise more,” ask yourself:
• What does “exercise more” mean to you? Define what you want to do, for how long, and how often. Be specific.
• How are you going to get there? What strategies and actions will you take?
• What is your timeline?
New Year’s resolutions don’t have to be complicated, but experts say the more specific, realistic and attainable they are, the better the chances of success.
The Wellness LiteBlue page has more information on setting goals, eating healthy and managing your weight.