Be SMART About Goals

Goals are most effective when they are SMART:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Realistic
  • Time-bounded

Here’s an example of a SMART movement goal.

I am going to walk from my front door to the end of my driveway (a 30 second walk) and back once each day for a week.

The goal states specifically what the activity will be. It’s measurable (you can record it as completed or not). For all but the most severely ill, it is achievable and realistic, and the time-frame for accomplishing the goal has been stated.

What would your SMART goal look like?