The Key To Healthy Goal Setting
Let’s talk about GOALS!
Yes, you might have noticed that word popping up a little bit more in the last few weeks. It’s something we talk about at the start of the year, but that doesn't mean goal setting should just be reserved for the month of January. You can set goals ANY time of year.
Setting healthy goals
Goals are an incredibly personal thing. This means that even though it might be tempting to list off a couple of things you want to do, you really should focus on what those goals mean to you and HOW you can achieve them.
Healthy goal setting is all about finding practical ways to reach goals that benefit you!
What are healthy goals?
A healthy goal is one that sets a positive tone, especially when it comes to your body. A healthy goal is one that helps you to feel good physically and mentally! A healthy goal may start out small and end up taking you on a journey towards long-term benefits, such as improved self-confidence and strength.
Healthy goals may be the initial motivation but as you work towards them, you can eventually develop healthy lifestyle habits. That means eventually those short-term goals may lead to changes in your daily life. After all, improving your health doesn’t have a deadline — it can help you to maintain good health long into the future.
Where to begin
You know that goals can be a fantastic way to help you achieve something but you might be wondering how to actually set healthy goals.
It is so important to set yourself goals and regularly check in on how you are doing with them! Here are some tips:
Write your goals down
By writing your goals down, you have a tangible way to measure your progress. When you're doing this, try to be as specific as possible.
For example, rather than writing down, 'My goal is to get stronger', write something more specific such as, 'My goal is to be able to deadlift x amount of weight by x date'.
By being as specific as possible, it can then become easier to track your progress, as well as help you to understand what action steps you need to take to help you get to that end-point.
Break up your big goals into smaller goals
You might have a big goal to run a marathon race. Are you going to just start running one day then and hope for the best?! No, you would create a plan and slowly build up your runs each week to help you reach that goal.
Healthy goal planning involves a similar process — breaking up your end goal into smaller, achievable ones that you can tick off on a weekly, or even daily, basis.
Hold yourself accountable
It is so important to have a specific way to keep yourself accountable. It might be checking in with a friend, joining a forum like our SWEAT Community, or teaming up with a fitness group in your area. Studies have shown that no matter what your method is, holding yourself accountable can significantly increase the likelihood of you achieving success.
Examples of healthy goals
Here are some examples of healthy goals that might be helpful to get you started:
- Finish a fitness challenge
- Learn how to prepare one new healthy recipe per month
- Start a bedtime routine 30 minutes before bed to help you ease into sleep
- Cut back on caffeine by swapping one cup of coffee per day for a glass of water
- Meal prep for dinner 5 nights per week
Goal planning for success
Setting a goal as part of a nutrition or workout program is really important for your success, both in the short-term and the long-term. This way, you create a strategic approach to help you change your behaviour, and work on your health.
While there aren’t any shortcuts when it comes to your health and fitness, healthy goal setting can help you develop habits that lead to long-term benefits.
* Results may vary. Strict adherence to the nutrition and exercise guide are required for best results.