MAKING SMART GOALS FOR YOUR HEALTH PCC Global Health March 21, 2022

MAKING SMART GOALS FOR YOUR HEALTH

The challenges, changes and stresses of the pandemic may have you hesitating on decisions you need to make towards your health. As you reflect on your decisions, it’s important to ensure these decisions are SMART goals to position you for long-term success.

SMART goals are:

Specific

Eating healthier sounds like a good idea. But what does it really mean? Aim for specific goals instead, such as eliminating soda, eating five servings of vegetables a day or limiting your daily sugar intake to 30 grams of added sugar.

 

Measurable

Make your goal one you can measure. Walking three days a week is a goal you can track. A goal of walking more is not so easily measured.

Attainable

Avoid aiming too high or too low. Think like Goldilocks and find a goal that feels just right.

Realistic

Losing 10 pounds a week sounds great. But it’s an impossible goal that likely will leave you discouraged. Choosing realistic goals that you can meet will reinforce your efforts and keep you moving forward. Losing one pound per week is a realistic and sustainable goal.

Trackable

Choosing specific, measurable goals means you can track your progress over time. Write your efforts down in a journal so you can see how far you’ve come.

 

Here are some smart goals to help you stay safe during this pandemic;

  • Get Vaccinated
  • Before leaving the house, make sure you wear a face mask, consider packing a hand sanitizer with at least 60 per cent alcohol, disinfecting wipes, and extra masks.
  • Eat healthy food that can help boost your immune system.
  • If you decide to eat outside, don’t forget to wash or sanitize your hands before eating.
  • Once you come home, make sure to first wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
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