With 2023 well underway, you may have already set health and fitness goals for yourself. While it’s great to have goals, sometimes it can be difficult to stay motivated and make progress. Here are some tips to help you stay on track with your health goals this year.
Set SMART Goals
It’s important to set realistic, achievable goals that will push you but not overwhelm you. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. Make sure your goal is specific so that you know exactly what you’re aiming for; measurable so that you can track your progress; attainable so that it is within reach; relevant to what matters most to you; and timely so that there is a timeline in place.
Break Down Your Goal
Breaking down your goal into smaller steps will make the overall task less intimidating and easier to accomplish. For example, if your goal is to run a 10K race by the end of the year, break it down into smaller steps such as running 1 mile per day or increasing your mileage by 1 mile each week until you’re ready for the 10K. When breaking down big goals into smaller steps, focus on progress instead of perfection—every small step counts.
Find What Works For You
Everyone has different preferences when it comes to staying motivated and making progress on their goals. Figure out what works best for YOU- are morning workouts more effective? Does listening to music while exercising help keep you motivated? Experiment with different methods until you find what works best for you. Once you do, stick with it. If you need some extra motivation, work with a center, like Restivo Health and Wellness, to help you set and stick to goals that will work for you personally.
Making progress on your health goals doesn’t have to be daunting—it’s all about taking small steps in the right direction. Start by setting SMART goals and breaking them down into manageable tasks that fit into your lifestyle. Then experiment with different methods until you find what works best for you. With these tips in mind, 2023 can be the year of making strides towards reaching those health goals.
About the author:
Emma is a freelance writer based out of Boston, MA. She writes most often on health and education. When not writing, she enjoys reading and watching film noir. Say hi on Twitter @EmmaSturgis2