Are your Resolutions SMART?

The new year is a great time to set goals for yourself, 365 Health is here to help make sure your resolutions are SMART! SMART stands for specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and timely. Making sure your resolutions fit into all those categories is a step to success.

SPECIFIC – Be specific when coming up with your new year’s resolutions – your goal should be concrete. For example, instead of saying “exercise more” set numbers! How long do you want your workouts to be? How many days do you want to work out in a week? Ask yourself realistic questions & don’t push yourself to be too uncomfortable. Remember, starting off slowly will build up your tolerance. Unspecific goals tend to let people slack off rather than following through. Our Health and Wellness Lead, Lauren King, mentions that “New Year’s is a great time of year to set measurable, attainable goals. Simple, easy to maintain goals such as drinking 8 glasses of water a day, or walking 20 to 30 minutes per day, can make a significant difference in your overall wellbeing!”

MEASURABLE – Staying organized and motivated is key, so create reminders and track your progress. For example, you can take progress pictures, journal each day how it’s going, or cross it off of a calendar. According to the American Psychological Association, “if you are trying to achieve a goal, the more often that you monitor your progress, the greater the likelihood that you will succeed”. Find a way to see how well you are doing at your resolution.

ACHIEVABLE – Is your resolution achievable? Don’t get ahead of yourself when setting goals. This doesn’t mean that you can’t strive big, instead make sure you can meet your goal where you are now. For example, if your resolution is to go the gym 5 days a week, but you struggle to get to the gym 2 days a week you might want to instead try to go to the gym 3 times a week or create a workout plan you can partly do from home. Start small and build up.

PERSONABLE – Are your resolutions personable? Make sure your resolution means something to you. Don’t create a resolution for yourself because it is a trend, make a resolution that you are proud of and that will give you satisfaction while completing it.

TIMELY – Is the timeline for this resolution achievable? Give yourself a realistic timeline to complete your resolution. Make the process gradual instead of trying to achieve it all at once. Set up milestones for yourself and don’t be hard on yourself if you don’t reach your goals right away. It’s important to stay positive and to keep pushing towards your desired outcome.

Our Health and Wellness Lead, Lauren King, wants you to remember that “sticking with new goals isn’t always easy. Be patient and allow yourself to make mistakes: no one is perfect and the road to better health is not straightforward. Continue to take steps every day, and you’ll be surprised at how far you can go!”. You’re not alone when trying to reach your new goals! 365 Health is here to help you meet your health goals with affordable lab screenings, vaccine clinics, our new health care option – Health in Hand, and free online health education!

APA – https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2015/10/progress-goals#:~:text=WASHINGTON%20%E2%80%94%20If%20you%20are%20trying,by%20the%20American%20Psychological%20Association.

NYT – https://www.nytimes.com/guides/smarterliving/resolution-ideas