Creating SMART Goals for Better Health

Bottom Line:
A new year has come again, and that means it’s time to revisit and renew your goals for better health!
There’s no better time to evaluate your health, assess your wellness, and to start making healthy
changes.
Goal setting may not be the easiest thing to do but setting SMART goals can set you up for long-term
success.

Why it Matters:
SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Trackable.
Using SMART goals makes it much more likely you’ll reach your target, which also helps keep your
motivation high.
And setting these health goals shouldn’t be stressful.
Remember, each action you take towards better health is a positive step in the right direction and using
the SMART framework can help you stay calm and focused.
Set aside a few minutes right now and use our handy how to set SMART health goals outline below to get
started:

 Be Specific. Exercising more or eating better are good ideas but nearly impossible to quantify.
Aim for specific goals like exercising daily or eating less than 25 grams of sugar each day
instead.

 Make it Measurable. Set a measurable goal like exercising 5x per week for 20 minutes.

 Make it Attainable. Avoid aiming too high or too low. Your health goals should be attainable
relative to your current commitments and habits.

 Be Realistic. Determine what changes you can realistically and reasonably commit to when
considering your current health habits.

 Make it Trackable. This is key. Goals that are trackable help you monitor your progress
throughout the year and let you know when it’s time to celebrate your successes!

Next Steps:
Don’t let your new year’s resolutions go unfulfilled.
Remember, by setting SMART goals, you’ll be able to jumpstart your journey to better health.
And if you’re near [your city / town] and you’ve been living with chronic pain or learning to live with a new
injury, schedule a visit with us today.
We’re here to accomplish your health goals for 2022 and beyond, and that starts with getting you off the
sidelines and back in the game!

Science Source(s):
Setting Smart Goals for Success. Mayo Clinic Health System. 2020

Dr. Brad Norman

Dr. Brad Norman

Dr. Brad Norman, D.C., is a seasoned chiropractic practitioner and the insightful voice behind New Life Chiropractor's blog. With a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Western University, Dr. Norman combines deep expertise with a passion for holistic wellness. Proudly serving the community since 2002, Dr. Norman and the New Life Chiropractic clinic continue to be beacons of health and education for their patients, guiding them to a more vibrant and pain-free life.