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?