Be S.M.A.R.T.

There are just three more weeks left in the second “Be Active” challenge, coordinated by The Centre, Westfields Hospital, New Richmond Clinic and the Vitality Initiative. Complete more than four items on the bingo-like card and you can enter a drawing for prizes. Finish all 16 squares and you have a chance for even more prizes, including a new bike.

Following is the weekly tip from Tate Wheeler with The Centre:

Set measurable goals and keep your expectations realistic.

Susan Powter said, “The habits that took years to build, do not take a day to change.”  We often set unreal expectations for ourselves and when we don’t see the results we are looking for in a week or two we quit. Sticking to a routine is key in having success.  If you stay committed to your goals you are going get results. The important thing is setting S.M.A.R.T. goals for yourself.

When setting a goal for yourself make sure you check that it is S.M.A.R.T.  A S.M.A.R.T. goal means it is: Specific, Measureable,Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. Make sure that your goal passes each of the 5 parts.

A common goal I hear regularly is, “I want to tone up and lose a few pounds.”  How are you going to ever know if you have achieved this goal?  How do we know if you toned up and what is a few pounds?  It doesn’t pass all 5 parts of the S.M.A.R.T. test.

Saying, “my goal is to lose 5 pounds and be able to walk a 5K in two months,” is a objective, S.M.A.R.T. goal! You have a higher chance of success by setting a goal like this and you will know if you accomplished it.  So the next time you set a goal for yourself make sure it passes all 5 parts.  Starting with smaller goals that can be accomplished in two weeks or a month is going to give you a great start.  We all want to be healthier, but what specifically does being “healthier” mean to you.  Once you identify something check it on the S.M.A.R.T. goal test and you will be on your way!

Until next time……Be Active!


Tate Wheeler