Creating Smart Goals for Better Health

It's a new year, so it's time to set your goal for better health. There is no better time to evaluate your health and wellness and set smart goals for healthy changes. Changing your health isn't easy, but setting smart goals can set you up for long-term success. Keep reading to learn how.

What Are SMART Goals?

Smart goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Trackable. Using smart goals can help increase your motivation and make you much more likely to reach your target. Setting these health goals shouldn't be stressful. Each action you take towards better health is a positive step in the right direction, so don't become overwhelmed with the process. Take a few minutes today and write down your health goals for this year using the smart framework below.

  • Specific- Exercising more or eating better are good ideas but nearly impossible to quantify. Aim for specific goals such as exercising daily or eating less than 25 grams of sugar per day instead.
  • Measurable- Set a measurable goal, such as exercising 5x per week for 20 minutes.
  • Attainable- Try to avoid aiming too high or low. Your health goals should be attainable based on your current commitments and habits.
  • Realistic- Take a look at your current health habits and set your goals to be realistic.
  • Trackable- Goals that are trackable help you monitor your progress throughout the year and celebrate success!

New Year's resolutions are great, but often they go unfulfilled. We're here to help support your desire for better health this year! By setting smart goals, you'll quickly be on your way to better health this year. Schedule a visit with us today if you're struggling to get started with your daily exercise goals based on chronic pain or a new injury.

Science Source

How Simply Moving Benefits Your Mental Health. Harvard Health. 2016

7 Steps to Boosting Energy. Mayo Clinic. 2017

Setting Smart Goals for Success. Mayo Clinic Health System. 2020

Constitution. World Health Organization. 2021

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