New Years’ Resolutions – The SMART way to set your goals

Have you made New Year’s resolutions only to see them broken before the end of January 1st? Are you at a loss as to how to keep those goals going? Did you not make any new years’ resolutions anticipating that they will be broken long before the end of the day? The problem that most people make in setting health goals is that we think of the big picture in a long-term way and not the smaller and smaller steps that will get us there first.  The reality is that most of us will not achieve our health and fitness goals, regardless of how pure the intentions are. The good thing is there is an easy to follow step by step way to better plan your goals and achieve them, in the same year, the SMART way!

S- Make it SPECIFIC: Specific means to make the goal more detailed. By making a goal more specific, it leaves no room for you to get confused or forget the specifics of the goal that you did not put down on paper. e.g. “I am going to get fitter and healthier in 2017 by going to the gym more”.

M – Make it MEASURABLE: By making a goal measurable, it means that progress can be easily measured by the parameters set in the goal. A goal that does not have a way to show you achieving it is a goal that will not stick around for long. e.g.  “I am going to get fitter and healthier in 2017 by going to the gym/exercise classes or participate in sport 3 times a week”.

A – Make it ATTAINABLE: Attainable refers to whether the goal is something that you can achieve with the help of goal setting. For example, to set a goal of running a half-marathon in 2 months is not considered an attainable goal for someone who has never done any run training previously. This step of the goal setting process depends on yourself in the whole.

R – Make it REALISTIC: Many people get carried away at thinking up goals for the year, and therefore create goals that are not realistically suitable for them at the time. When you are developing your goals for the year, make sure they are within your reach in terms of ability, time and availability.

T- Make it TIMELY: To make a goal timely, you are giving yourself a realistic timeframe to achieve your goal. By keeping goals short and precise, you task at hand stays fresh in the mind and the probability of achieving that goal increases.

A SMART Goal, for example, may be: In 2017 I am going to become healthier and fitter. I am going to do this by attending the gym/fitness classes or participate in a sport 3 times a week, before work, until the end of February.

If you would like more information about goal setting or assistance in achieving your health and wellness goals for 2017, contact Absolute Balance by emailing or head to our website for more information.


Stephanie Johnston (B.Sc. Exercise Physiology)

Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP)(ESSAM)