The Best Way to Set a New Health Goal

Adopting a healthier lifestyle can be daunting. Whether you want to eat healthier, workout more or start managing stress, the key is to smart small.

Bryon Renwand, ProMedica physical therapist suggested starting with goals and rewards: “Maybe you want to lose 10 pounds, be able to do 20 push ups or run a 5k. Whatever it may be, set a goal and a timeframe and when you achieve your goals, reward yourself with a nice dinner or something you’ve been wanting to purchase.”

Setting a goal may seem easy, but it takes some work to make it one that will lead to results.

According to dietitian Elizabeth Bedell Marino, a SMART goal—one that is Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic and Time-bound—can help you create a clear objective.

“Once you have your SMART goal, make a plan for how you will reach it,” says Marino. “Take as many small steps as you need; the important thing is that you keep going. When you start accomplishing your small goals, you will gain momentum and it will be clearer that the larger goal is attainable.” (Click here to learn more about Marino’s tips for on SMART goals.)

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