A healthy lifestyle is a life long journey… it doesn’t have a shelf life.
It’s not something we can have for a season, then put it on a shelf and expect to pick right back up where we left off.
If we want to avoid the cycle of starting and stopping over and over again, it’s important to learn new things and stay motivated!
Goals keep us looking ahead. They challenge us to step it up.
I have learned that these four things make a goals more effective:
1) Make the goal Personal. Sometimes we can be motivated by others or situations around us, but if we are not personally invested in our goals then its going to be a lot harder to make the daily choices needed and effectively achieve the goal.
2) Make the goal Reasonable. I am all for dreaming big, but it is necessary for our goals to be reasonable especially when it comes to health and fitness . For example it’s not realistic or healthy think we will lose 20 pounds in 1 week. Can it be done? Maybe… but there is not a Healthy or Reasonable way to do it. Why set yourself up for failure? Instead set goals that will lead to success.
3) Make the goal Specific. If the goal is too vague then it will be difficult to know if you attained it. I found that setting multiple, smaller goals at the same time helps to be more specific and directly target the area that I want to improve.
4) Make the goal Measurable. Quantities and time frames help with this. Example: Amount of water to drink every day, calories to eat, types of nutrients to increase, hours of sleep and exercise. If the goal is measurable it is easier to track and celebrate!
What are some of your health and fitness goals this week?
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