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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?

  • Specific 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.
  • Measurable Yes: I’m going to increase my walking by 10 minutes each week. No: I’m going to exercise more.
  • Attainable Yes: I’m going to train for a 5K. No: I’m going to go to the gym every day.
  • Realistic Yes: I’m going cut back on dessert to only 1-2 a week. No: I’m going to completely cut out sugar.
  • Time-centered 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.”

Heart Month Tip #6: Set SMART goals

February 6, 2015