Change is in the Air
The past week here in Rochester has made it abundantly clear that Spring is on its way! Those first few warm days after a long, cold winter are so refreshing and energizing. Warmer weather, longer days, flowers blooming, buds on trees, birds chirping, are all compounding subtle reminders that it’s almost here. Any change of season typically brings with it the anticipation of transition. Spring especially tends to inspire new fitness goals, getting outside, and getting organized. This year I think that feeling for many has been amplified as additionally, we see a potential end point to this pandemic. There have been many lights in many tunnels over the past few weeks!
So, if you are feeling that Spring-anticipation energy to improve your health, fitness, or general habits, here are some tips and gentle reminders to maximize your success with goal setting.
- Set clear, measurable goals. If you set a vague goal like “exercise more”, or “eat healthier” it’s less likely that you will actually build good habits or follow through as consistently. Start with something measurable that you know will be attainable for you. For example: “Walk 30 minutes/day”, “Drink 64 ounces of water every day”. Write them down and keep them in a place where you will see them.
- Create a plan around making sure they happen. Often this involves time management and planning. Make sure you are setting aside any time or resources needed ahead of time so you can make sure you are able to follow through.
- Set a timeframe and reassess. Give yourself an endpoint to reflect and reassess. See how this new habit or routine is fitting into your life and make any changes necessary to build on your success.
- Stay specific. The broader your goal setting reach is, the harder it is to stay on top of them all. Try to focus on one or two goals at a time.
- Hold yourself accountable. This can look different for many people. Maybe it’s committing to these goals alongside a family member or friend so you can motivate each other. Maybe it’s investing some money, hiring a trainer, buying into a program. Whatever it is, you will be more successful with support.
It’s always a good time to improve your health and even small, consistent steps can have a huge impact on your wellbeing. Happy Spring!
Kali LaRue, PT, DPT, OCS