With the year almost over, it’s a good time to reflect and reevaluate last year’s goals prior to making New Year’s resolutions for this year. Last year, did you meet your goals? Did you drop those extra pounds, invest that extra paycheck, or race a personal best at your “A” race this year? Did you get to spend more time with the family, or run that 5k with at your children's’ school? Were you able to get to the gym more or eat healthier this year like you’d planned?
Well, if you answered “no”, you’re not alone. According to Forbes magazine, only about 8% of people actually keep their New Year’s resolutions. And, If you’re like most, you’re considering making a health and fitness goal this year. So, chances are that goal to “get healthier” or “eat better” probably won’t happen without a bit of help. (last year’s article - a few edits…)
When making health and fitness goals for the New Year, I use the “SMART” goal system, a throwback to my days in the business world. SMART is an acronym which guides goal development and helps ensure project completion. While there are a few variations of this acronym, I like to use the following:
Remember to keep things simple. A goal such as ‘running every day’ when you are not a runner may be too overzealous. A simple goal such as “I will run 30 minutes 3x week” is more achievable. Some people embark on complex health and fitness regimens with multiple components, and almost always fall short of complete their goals. Be leery of complex meal plans, lengthy “cleanses”, and overly complicated fitness regimens. Pick one or two areas to improve upon and keep things simple. Here are some great examples of very simple health and fitness New Year’s resolutions you can set for this year:
Again, keep it simple. Don’t overcommit to multiple resolutions. Select a FEW goals that might work for your situation, write them down, tell your significant other and get ready to start! Be SMART about your goals and enjoy the process! Good luck this year!