New Year’s Resolutions: Make Them Specific

According to surveys, "losing weight" is one of the top New Year's resolutions. And although it's a healthy goal, most of us aren't making our resolution specific enough. Experts suggest that we need to do more than simply vow to drop a few pounds. To ensure success, we should create precise goals that are both realistic and measurable.

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Setting goals is the key to success

So don’t just vow to “lose weight” this year! Instead, set specific goals for weight loss, fitness and health. Here are some examples of New Year’s resolutions you may want to make this year:

A weight loss goal

Remember to make the goal realistic. Most health experts suggest that a weight loss of one to two pounds a week is both healthy and attainable (depending on how much weight you need to lose).

Examples

  • Lose 10 pounds in two months.
  • Lose 15 pounds in 12 weeks.

A fitness goal

If you’re an exercise novice, you’ll want to start out easy during your workouts. Many beginners push themselves too hard initially, which leads to burnout (and sometimes injury). When you’re deciding on a fitness goal, plan to start slow and gradually add extra minutes or intensity.

Examples

  • Complete a 3 mile walk by March.
  • Do twenty pushups in 12 weeks.

A nutrition goal

A nutritious diet can help you lose weight and boost your overall health. But don’t try to overhaul it completely in the beginning, or you may become discouraged. Instead, plan to make small changes over time so you can adjust slowly to your new diet.

Examples

  • Add one extra serving of vegetables each day.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast every morning.