SMART New Year's Goals!



When we think of New Year’s resolutions, we often think they are about them being health related like  losing weight or being more active.  Usually people stop these new behaviors within weeks of Jan. 1st. Why? Because they are not specific or measurable?  This year try making a SMART goal? 

SMART goals are specific, measurable, attainable (or realistic), relevant, and time-bound.  You are more likely to reach a SMART goal than a goal that is not well definedFirst, identify an area of your life you want to improve.  Maybe you want to add more fruits and vegetables to your meals, be more active or get more sleep.

Eating More Vegetables
Many of us do not get enough fruits and vegetables in a day.  Make this a goal for your family for the new year. To make this a SMART goal, consider eating one extra fruit and veggie during at least one meal a day, 3 times per week.  Starting small with your goal will help to make it feel within reach and once you are able to reach your goal on a weekly basis – it’s time to add a new goal!

Be More Active
It can be very difficult to get physical activity in after a long day of work and taking care of the kids.  Physical activity is important to keep our mind and body healthy.  How would you like to be more active in the new year?  Consider a physical activity SMART goal that you will be active with your family for 30 minutes at least two times a week. This will get the whole family involved in being more active. See the blog post on Being Active at Home, Work and Play for ideas on how to be more active.


Getting Enough Sleep
Sleep is very important to help you do your best each day.  Sleep also helps manage stress levels.  Most people need 7-8 hours of sleep each night.  To make this happen figure out what you can change your schedule in the evenings so you can get to bed earlier. Make a SMART goal to be in bed by 10 p.m.  5 nights per week to ensure you get enough sleep.


What are your New Year’s SMART goals? 
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