The new year is a wonderful time to rethink our goals and redetermine the areas where we’d like to continue to grow. It’s a fresh start, another go at the changes we want to make to be better versions of ourselves. But why do our New Year’s Resolutions make us feel like the pressure is on? Why is it that when we decide we want to be better, we end up stressing ourselves out so much that we end up worse off than when we started? It happens to everyone like clockwork this time of year.

In our opinion, there’s a stigma with the “R” word that people throw around at the start of a new year. For the sake of this new year (and new decade might we add), let’s get rid of that dirty word altogether. Let’s take a step back and determine the areas of our lives we want to improve and come up with a plan to create sustainable, lasting change.

Here at Pack Health, we believe that setting goals takes a shift in behavior, not just a crash diet sort of approach.

Our first recommendation is to set  S.M.A.R.T. goals.

If you have a Health Advisor, you’ve heard of this before. In case you’re new here, S.M.A.R.T. goals set you up for success instead of failure like a huge New Year’s goal.

S.M.A.R.T. goals are:

S: Specific

M: Measurable

A: Attainable

R: Relevant

T: Time-based

If your reserv … (er, we mean goals) fit into these five categories, you’re on the right track!

Another thing we love to do around here is set Tiny Steps

Tiny Steps are exactly what they sound like. Small goals may seem too tiny to make a difference, but in reality, they’re little checkpoints that help hold us accountable to our big-picture goals.

Maybe your goal is to take 10,000 steps per day. Initially, that’s a huge, scary number! But if you take a step back and break it down into Tiny Steps and build up to that larger goal, you’ll be blown away by your progress. Start by taking 2,000 steps a day. After the first week, add 2,000 more so you’re taking 4,000 a day. Work your way up by taking little walks to the mailbox or grocery store if you live in a walkable area. Those steps will add up in no time!

One thing you might have noticed is that Tiny Steps make excellent S.M.A.R.T. goals:

  • Planning to take 2,000 steps per day is specific because you know how many steps you want to take.
  • It’s measurable because we can count our steps with a phone or a pedometer.
  • It’s attainable because it’s something you can do now.
  • It’s relevant because it will help you achieve your larger goal.
  • It’s time-based because the goal is to reach 2,000 steps in the span of one day.

You’ve got this! It’s a new year, a new start, and a great time to continue working on being your best self. If you stumble along the way, don’t fret. Be kind to yourself and enjoy the journey that 2020 will bring!

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