From Kyli Gough, Wellness Coordinator and Registered Dietitian
Kyli Gough’s entire job centers around helping people improve their health and encouraging them to engage in wellness activities. Her advice? “Begin a new health venture by picking something you’re ready to tackle,” she says. “Set SMART goals, make a plan, and believe in yourself. You’ll be surprised what you can achieve!”
And just what is a SMART goal?
Yes: I’m going to exercise at least 30 minutes a day, at least three days a week.
No: I’m going to get healthy.
Yes: I’m going to increase my walking by 10 minutes each week.
No: I’m going to exercise more.
Yes: I’m going to train for a 5K.
No: I’m going to go to the gym every day.
Yes: I’m going cut back on dessert to only 1-2 a week.
No: I’m going to completely cut out sugar.
Yes: I’m going to commit to my exercise schedule for the next 12 weeks.
No: I’m going to exercise every day.
Kyli also encourages you to find activities you enjoy. “I’ve been a runner my whole life,” she says. “I just love to run, and I love to be outdoors. I also ski, hike, and play volleyball. It’s important to find what you love so you’ll keep on doing it.”