Learning to Set Better Goals


We all know that the key to a healthy lifestyle is making the right choices, but sometimes those healthy choices can seem overwhelming and hard to reach. However, by following these simple steps, you will find yourself well on your way to a healthier lifestyle–it’s as easy as 1-2-3!

health goals1. Make a S.M.A.R.T. goal.

When setting a healthy lifestyle goal, you should make sure it is:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Realistic
  • Timely

If your goal meets these criteria, you are more likely to reach it. Setting a goal to “walk more” isn’t going to get the same results as “I will walk for 20 minutes, 3 days a week, for the next 30 days.” The difference may seem subtle, but these details are the key to a goal you can achieve. A S.M.A.R.T. goal is a successful goal.

monitor-progress2. Track your progress.

Once you set your goal, it is important to track the activities you choose to achieve it. Studies have shown that when people log their healthy activity, they are more successful at maintaining their goals. Whether you use an app to count calories, a device to measure steps, or a notebook where you log your blood pressure, taking the extra step to track your progress will help you achieve your goals.

3. Reward yourself.

rewardYou are more likely to put in the effort to achieve your goals if there is a reward in it for you. Choose a reward that speaks to your individual preferences, whether it’s a shopping trip or a golf outing, and use it as motivation to make healthy choices. Keep in mind that there are other ways you can be rewarded for your healthy activities.

Some store programs will give you rewards points for the healthy choices you make. They can even sync with the apps and devices you use to track your progress, and reward you for logging your activity. Whether you reward yourself or let others do it for you, remember that a healthier lifestyle is always the ultimate reward, in and of itself.

I hope these simple steps help get you on your way to making healthy choices and achieving your fitness goals. As always, be well.

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Dr. Stacia Woodcock, PharmD is a clinical pharmacist, blogger, and television personality. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kentucky and has been working as a pharmacist in New York City for the past 10 years. She loves using her knowledge to help empower others to make healthy life decisions. She has been seen as a health expert contributor on The Dr. Oz Show, The Biggest Loser, Yahoo!’s Reluctantly Healthy with Judy Greer, and CNN.

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