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Do you need help with achieving your health goals? Do you want to lose weight before Summer kicks in so you can parade on the beach? Nothing wrong with that, if you earn it, you deserve to flaunt it.
Maybe you would like to eat healthier and change your diet?

Whatever it is, we all struggle with health issues, whether it may losing a few pounds to fit into that sexy skirt or simply to start an exercise regime to try and stay fit.

Look, I’m no fitness fanatic or gym junkie but I would like to transition to a plant-based diet as it’s healthier for me and it’s better for the planet.

If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!Benjamin Franklin

Why is it so hard to lose weight or get motivated to keep going to the gym? Most people don’t have a problem with starting. We are all good at motivating ourselves to start, all we need to do is look in the mirror.

For most people failure happens because their just don’t have a good plan and you know the old saying, if you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.

In a recent study conducted by Statistic Brain, 92 percent of people don’t achieve their goals set as their new years resolutions.

It’s not to say, new years resolutions don’t work but to help you in achieving your health goals this year, follow these 5 simple steps to achieving your health goals to improve your success rate.

Now you might have heard of smart goals but if you haven’t, then let me explain how to use smart goals to plan ahead and help you achieve your health goals.

5 Simple Steps To Achieving Your Health Goals with S.M.A.R.T Goals

S.M.A.R.T is acronym and all the letters stand for something.

S stands for Simple & Specific, M stands for Measurable, A is for Attainable/ Achievable, R is for Realistic and T is for Time Bound.

Step 1. Make sure your goals are simple and specific. When setting goals, you want to be as specific as possible. For example, losing 10 kilos with healthy diet is a lot more specific then just “losing weight”. By making your goals simple and specific, it makes it easier for you stay focused.

Step 2. Goals need to be measurable. How do you know if you are progressing is you can’t measure your progress? For you to have better success, you need to be able to track your progress for feedback.

Step 3. A is for attainable. For goals to work, they need to be attainable and achievable. If I was to say that a goal of mine was to become a champion bodybuilder in 6 months, I would not have much success because it’s not achievable in 6 months.

Step 4. Are you goals relevant? What is your purpose for wanting to achieve said goals. When setting goals, they need to be relevant to you, relevant to your overall purpose and relevant or in line with your other goals. The above goal about becoming a bodybuilder in 6 months is not relevant to me at this point in time, 20 years ago it would have been but with family and kids now, relevant is anything relating to having a healthy and healthy family.

Step 5. Goals need to be time-bound. Without a schedule or time limit, goals are just dreams. When setting goals, make sure you include the time frame you would like to achieve it in. To lose 10 kilos in 6 months is a goal that is time-bound.

Now that you know the 5 steps to achieving your health goals, let’s go through an example of how a smart goal should look like.

I have a goal to lose weight so to put this goal in the smart format, it would look like this.

I will starting running for 1 hr everyday to lose weight and achieve my ideal weight of 90 kg in 6 months time so I can look good, feel better and be healthy.

The above steps are the basics to help you get started with achieving your health goals this year but I also found a great article that goes into depth on Smart Goals which can be found here.

Whatever you goal, as long as you start with smart goals, you’re in a better position for success in achieving your health goals.

Focus on your goals, take small steps and don’t let distractions carry you away.

When you start your health goals, it might seem like a massive task but if you break it down in to manageable bit size chunks, it becomes easier to stay focused.

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