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It's easy to pack on the pounds during the holiday season. Whether or not you’ve slacked or splurged this season, the beginning of the year is a good time to commit to taking better care of yourself.
Here is a list of the most common New Year’s Resolutions:
1. stop smoking
2. diet/lose weight
3. exercise more
4. spend more time with the family
5. get to bed earlier
6. stop drinking
7. spend less money
Unfortunately, by February, many people have forgotten about, or given up on these commendable, maybe even formidable goals. If you are serious about making positive lifestyle changes, it’s going to take some work. The following acronym provides SMART parameters that might help bring your goals within reach and keep them maintainable.
S – Specific. You must define your goal clearly. If it is too vague, you won’t know if you’ve done enough.
M – Measurable. If you can measure your goal, it is easier to gauge your progress and celebrate small successes.
A – Attainable. Choose goals that you are likely to attain. That way your efforts won’t be in vain.
R – Realistic. Try to be realistic in your goals, otherwise you may get frustrated and give up easily.
T – Timely. Have a reasonable time frame in which to achieve your goals. This can mean several deadlines for mini-goals, or staggering each of your goals so you’re not overwhelmed.
The best time to make positive changes to your life is TODAY (whether you’re reading this is January or June). Eighty-five percent (85%) of deaths are caused by chronic diseases, like heart disease and cancer. These take decades of bodily dysfunction to develop into life-threatening conditions. These are also, to a large extent, preventable by good lifestyle habits, like diet, exercise, rest, and preventative care.