New Year’s Resolutions

45% of people make one!  38% of resolutions made are related to weight and only 8% of people are successful.  What’s the solution to a successful resolution?

SMART goals – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-bound goals.

Be Specific – your goal should answer the what, where, why and how questions.  Use actions to describe your goal.  What am I going to do today?  Why this is important to me? Example:  I am going to decrease my body fat percentage.  This is important to me because I am at health risk for diabetes.

Your goal has to be Measurable – If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.  Example:  I will decrease my body fat percentage 1% every six weeks until I am at 25%.

For y our goal to be Attainable you need to think about your current situation.  Do you have enough time to achieve your goal?  Example:  I will dedicate 2.5 – 5 hours per week to physical activity.

You have to be Realistic   You need to be able to control and achieve your goal.  Goals need to be Time-Bound.  Use specific dates and time to measure your success.  Most importantly, reward yourself appropriately when you have reached your goal.

So, what is your New Year’s Resolution this year?