- Be specific! A goal like “I will go to the gym more often” is not specific enough. Instead, your goal is better stated this way: “I will go to the gym 3 days a week.”
- Be realistic! Start slow to make some early and quick successes. If you aren’t currently active, it isn’t realistic to expect that you will walk 5 miles in a month. You are more likely to be consistent if your goals are realistic. Consistency leads to achievability when it comes to goals.
- Write your goals down – in your calendar, smartphone, wall calendar. Pencil in your 3 days a week at the gym each week so it is part of your weekly schedule.
- Reward yourself. If you’ve met your walking goals, get a snazzy pair of new walking shoes as a reward.
Contributor: Ellen Schuster, M.S., R.D., Associate State Specialist, University of Missouri Extension, firstname.lastname@example.org, 573-882-1933