Do you Need Help with Goal Setting? Jennifer Schaeffer, Westmed Dietician, weighs in with some helpful advice.
Sample this useful information for goal setting when it comes to fitness/nutrition, etc. Here’s how to make them realistic and SMART:
Goals need to be Specific:
• For example, I will walk 1 mile 4 times per week
Goals need to be Measureable:
• How many sit –ups can I do in 60 seconds. Repeat measurements on a regular basis to determine if progress is being made.
Goals need to be Attainable:
• If you have not been exercising at all, it is not realistic to set a goal that you will start exercising 60 minutes daily. Instead, set a goal of 30 minutes 2-3 times a week, and increase the workouts as you are able to.
Goals need to be Relevant:
• Does the plan match the goal you are trying to achieve. Will planning and preparing a meal each day at lunch contribute to your overall goal of eating in a healthier way
Goals need to be Trackable:
• Keep workouts and food intake in a log to help with motivation, accountability, and also to track progress.
This concept of SMART goal setting was adapted from New Direction weight control system.
Fore more information on goal-setting and nutrition, view Westmed’s Weight Management information here.