When it comes to setting health, fitness and wellbeing goals, it is important to set something that is practical for you and your circumstances. After all, no one knows you better than you know yourself – right?
Hitting your goals feels great. Not hitting them… not so great. So before you stick them on your notice board and become fully committed, here are some of the things that could help you identify if your goals are realistic.
Saying “I want to get healthy” is too general, and because there are so many ways of getting healthy – being more specific will help you stay on the straight and narrow. Think about how you’re going to tackle this. Are you going to quit smoking? Are you going to join the gym? If you break it down, your goal will begin to look more achievable.
How are you measuring your goal?
Now that you’ve been more specific about your goals, thinking about how you are going to track your progress is the next step. How will you know that you’ve reached your goal? Measuring yourself is the best thing to do, even if it means working with numbers! (It’s really not that bad!)
Is it attainable?
Before you start adding numbers to your goals you have to know how low or how high you want to go. Being realistic is very important. Aiming high is good, but just remember not to be too extreme. On the other hand, aiming too low can also be demotivating – so find a balance. An example of a measurable and attainable goal is “I want to eat 3 fruits a day”.
As we mentioned before, it’s important to set something that is practical for you and your circumstances. Don’t set goals based on other people’s experiences as you could easily lose motivation. An example of a realistic goal is, “I will be active for at least 15mins each day”. Before you start working on your goals, review them and see if they are relevant to you. Just do something that is motivating to YOU.
Set a timeframe – will you meet the deadline?
Whenever you set goals, there should always be an end point as this motivates you to get started. Having a target date to work towards will also help you review your progress throughout the timeframe you set for yourself. Without a timeframe, starting and staying motivated could be challenging.
Don’t forget to reward yourself!
Reward yourself each time you reach your goals, even the small ones! Whether it’s buying yourself a new pair of trainers, enjoying a long bubble bath or treating yourself to a Grabits Chicken on a Stick – knowing that that there is a reward at the end of the goal can be a good motivator. So compliment yourself for your hard work and beam in your success!