Setting goals helps to organize and makes becoming a healthier you more possible.
All goals should be S.M.A.R.T. goals
This is the What, Why, and How. The How is really important. What small steps will you take each day to get closer to your goal?
Making your goal measurable is important so that you can have tangible evidence that you completed your goal (think: 5 miles instead of “as far as I can”, or January 10th instead of “soon”)
Goals should be attainable, meaning you should be able to do it, but you want to still feel challenged. You need to have the appropriate skills, knowledge and ability to achieve the goal.
Is your goal and time frame realistic? Can I run a marathon tomorrow? Probably not, but maybe in 4 months.
T- Time Bound
Having a time-bound goal will create a sense urgency. Without a time frame, the goal is unlikely to be achieved.
Example of a S.M.A.R.T. goal:
I want to be active for 60 minutes a day by March of this year. I will do this by adding 10 minutes of physical activity to every day and adding another 10 minutes every 2 weeks until I am up to 60 minutes. My physical activity will be jogging, swimming and playing basketball. I will also try other activities at the gym.