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After a very busy weekend I am glad to say that we are almost done with the holiday season this year! Don’t get me wrong I love the holiday’s but I’m always worn out when they are said and done. Now it is time to move on to celebrating the coming new year and all the resolutions that go along with it. BUT, this year I challenge you to set smart health goals for 2017 instead of generic resolutions.
What do I consider a generic resolution? “this year I’m going to lose weight” or “this year I’m going to run more races”
COME ON!! You can do better than that!
Smart Health Goals for 2017
Smart goals are:
S – specific
M – measurable
A – attainable
R – Realistic
T – Timed
They are goals that you specifically name what you are going to accomplish in a reasonable time frame.
1 – Workout More
A good smart goal for working out more is to strength train 3 times per week and perform cardio 5 times per week. This is a very doable goal and very specific. If you want to get even more specific you can put in there how long each workout is going to be.
2 – Run a Race
Pick a specific race distance and a specific race to run. Remember to give yourself enough time to train for it if needed.
My race goal this year is to run the spring prairie fire half marathon on May 7. I have decided not to give my self a timed goal for the race because it has been 4 years since my last 1/2 marathon and I just want to enjoy the race.
3 – Lose Weight
Shedding pounds is usually on everyone’s resolution list. Break this down into small attainable smart goals for the year. A healthy weight loss speed is 1-2 pounds per week. So your goal could be to lose 20 pounds by April. This is not an extremely fast or hard weight loss goal but it gives you a little bit of wiggle room for those weeks that your nutrition or training are off. Once you hit your goal in April set your next goal whether it is more weight to lose or to change in body fat percentage to gain more muscle. Remember though that the scale is not everything! A better goal would be to lose inches and/or sizes in clothes.
My goal is to lose 20 pounds by my birthday in May by following my training plan for the half marathon that includes strength training as well as carb cycling.
Okay so you have your smart health goals for 2017 set. Now I want you to write down the steps you are going to take in order to achieve each of those goals. Some of the goals that you set might help you achieve your other goals. Such as working out more can help you achieve your weight loss goal. Be sure to give yourself a deadline for each step towards your goal to help you stay on track. Think of each of your action plan steps as mini goals.
What smart health goals for 2017 are you setting?!