The year is almost over, and the New Year is on the horizon. It’s a good time to reflect and reevaluate last year’s goals prior to making New Year’s resolutions. In 2016, did you meet your goals? Did you drop those extra pounds, or invest that extra paycheck like you’d planned? Maybe you were able to spend more time with the family, or get into better shape? Did you get to the gym more or eat healthier this year?
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.
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:
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. By making SMART New Year's fitness goals, you'll be well on your way to reaching them. Have a happy, healthy, and fit new year!