Set Some Health Goals

a goal without a plan is just a wish – motivational handwriting on a napkin with a cup of coffee

We’re finally getting back to somewhat normal in New York, NY, and it’s time to start thinking about the future. Many people have focused on financial goals and refined them, with new steps to take for their future, but there’s more to be done. Setting health goals is just as important as financial goals. No matter how much money you have, if your health is poor, you can’t enjoy the good life. You can change your health outlook starting now, by taking the time to set some goals.

Your goal may sound big, but you can break it down to smaller goals.

Do you want to run in a marathon, but haven’t done anything more physical than getting up to find the remote? Would you like to get back into shape, but the sound of losing 40 pounds and building muscles sounds too difficult? You need to break those big goals down to smaller ones and take it one step at a time. If you can’t run a mile, run as far as you can, even if it’s just to the end of the driveway or to the end of the block. Make it your goal to run more each day. Big goals are accomplished by breaking down the big goals into smaller goals and achieving them first.

Give yourself a specific time frame.

If you set a goal, that’s great, but you also have to determine a specific amount of time to achieve that goal or it simply becomes a “some day” pipe dream. Many people have things they’ve always wanted to do, but never gave themselves a deadline to achieve it. If you’ve set a goal and broken it down to mini-goals, you need to give each mini-goal a deadline. Make it something that can be achieved in a week or a month so you can be successful quickly and have the motivation to continue.

Make the goal specific and measurable.

I will become healthier or fitter is a good desire, but it’s not a specific goal. I will lose ten pounds by X date or I will be able to run a full mile by X date are goals. You have a way to measure the goals, a specific date for achievement. You need something specific. If you just want to feel better, you need to say how you want to feel better. Do you want to have more energy, or maybe less back pain? How will you know when you’ve achieved that goal? You need to be able to measure it and make it specific.

  • A big goal may seem unrealistic, but once you break it down to smaller more attainable goals, it looks far more achievable and less intimidating. You also need to give yourself enough time to achieve big goals.
  • No matter what type of goal you create, whether it’s about health, finances or something else, it needs to be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time bound.
  • When you break down a goal into smaller goals, the next step you have to take is to create steps to achieve that goal. Create a workout schedule and stick with it or make meal plans.
  • If you need help setting up steps, seek help from a professional. A personal trainer can create a fitness and nutritional program designed specifically for your needs.

For more information, contact us today at Upfit Academy

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