S – specific: Make your goal specific for you! Think about what “run more,” “get more exercise,” and “eat healthier” mean to you personally and write it down.
M – measurable: Define interim goals on the path to success. For example, if your goal is to work out 3x per week, put a star in your calendar for every day you went running or were more active at work.
A – attainable: Before starting to work towards your goals, ask yourself if they are realistic. Keep in mind that it is better to take small steps than ten at once.
R – relevant: How relevant is your goal for you? Ask yourself this question at the beginning. If you feel that your goal doesn’t get you one step closer to your big picture, then choose a different one right from the start.
T – time-bound: Set a date on which you wish to reach this goal! Work towards this deadline and (when you reach it) reward yourself with some new sports apparel, a wonderful vacation or dinner at your favorite restaurant. I believe in you – and you should, too!