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How to Turn Your Broad New Year’s Resolutions into Smart Goals

How to Turn Your Broad New Year’s Resolutions into Smart Goals

By Geoff Robison | In Fitness | on January 11, 2019

How to Turn Your Broad New Year’s Resolutions into Smart Goals


We’re now a couple weeks into the first month of the year, and many of us have begun working towards achieving our new year’s resolutions. If not—don’t worry—you still have plenty of time. You may be struggling to get started, and we have a recommendation that we think most people will find useful: instead of choosing broad resolutions, focus on a handful of ultra-specific goals that are clear and attainable. Let’s discuss this a little further.


If You Resolved to Lose Weight…


Losing weight is a common resolution, especially after the influx of holiday foods and drinks many of us indulge in throughout the end of the year. But it’s a pretty generic one to have, and without any specific goals, you may not know how, or where, to begin. Instead of choosing weight loss as a resolution, aim to achieve some goals that are related to losing fat, building muscle, and living a healthier life. For example, a smart goal for weight loss could just be taking the first step by reaching out to a personal trainer or dietician to discuss a personalized plan for your body.


If You Resolved to Diet…


You’ve heard it before. “Diets don’t work!” It may not be what you want to hear, but the truth is, a “diet” implies a temporary change as opposed to a lifestyle one. A goal to diet without any specifics only makes things more complicated, and it will most likely result in disappointment. Instead, choose a smart goal that involves eating healthier. This could include a special diet, such as Keto or Paleo, but we recommend approaching it as a longterm lifestyle change, not a quick-fix diet plan. Do some research on what types of diet plans sound appealing to you, and make a goal to try one out this year.


If You Resolved to Get Fit…


Another common resolution is to “get fit.” It sounds good in theory, but fitness means something different to everyone. Without any specific parameters, how can you expect to achieve the results you really want? Try setting a smart goal instead, such as visiting a trainer a certain amount of times a week, or being able to perform a certain amount of reps while doing an exercise. This will make it easier to both attain and measure your personal optimum fitness levels.


New year’s resolutions that are too broad often don’t last past January. To make measurable improvements to your life, go for smart goals instead that include specific actions or tasks. This way, you’ll have a clear idea of what you’re working towards, and you’ll feel ready to get started. If one of your goals involves building a healthier lifestyle, reach out to us today. We’re ready to help.

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