3 Steps for Setting Physical Activity Goals

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Expectations and Goals

  1. Think about what kinds of goals you might set.

    Why is being physically active important to you? What do you hope to accomplish by being physically active? There are no wrong answers! Here are some examples of things you might want to achieve by becoming more physically active. Choose one of these, or get creative and come up with your own.

    • Increase energy and improve how I move around
    • Reduce aches, pains, and discomforts in daily activities
    • Play more with my kids
    • Try out new activities and find something I like
    • Find new things to do with my friends or partner
    • Set a new challenge (e.g., walking or running a 5K) to work toward

  2. Identify your goals for physical activity.

    Write down 2 goals for being more physically active over the next month:

  3. Create a plan.

    To reach your goals, it may help to set small goals along the way. Think of steps that are small and reachable, positive, under your control, and specific. For example: I’m going to go for a half-hour walk after work on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Find out how to set smaller goals or make a plan for the week!

    Steps I will take to reach my goals for being more physically active:

To achieve this goal:

I'll do the following:

To achieve this goal:

I'll do the following:

And remember: Even our best plans sometimes need tweaking. If you find that some of these steps aren’t as small as you thought or if your current plan isn’t quite working, try something new. It probably took you trying more than once to find what works best for you with quitting smoking, and becoming more physically active—and living an active life—is no different!

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