Creating SMART Goals and Design a Year of Abundant Health

Dr. Ben Dyer

Creating SMART Goals for Better Health

How is your health so far this year? 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 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 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. 

Design a Year of Abundant Health

Designing a year of abundant health starts by ensuring you’re setting SMART goals and taking  proactive daily steps to help your body function at its best.

Motion is life. Movement and exercise are the essential foundations to living your best life.

Not only does motion help you feel better physically - research also shows daily movement and exercise  can help your brain stay sharp and focused. 

Why it Matters: Before you can begin a daily exercise routine, you'll want to ensure your spine and joints are moving well. If any of your joints aren’t moving properly, it's going to be difficult to move through your entire range of  motion safely and painlessly. In fact, when any number of joints aren’t moving properly, that usually means other joints have had to  compensate, which means they may become overloaded, which puts you at an increased risk for injury. Maintaining the following 3 types of movement is key to optimizing and improving your health:

Segmental - As the foundation of your spinal motion, segmental movement describes the motion that happens between each set of bones in your spine. 

Regional - Your spine is divided into four primary regions: cervical (neck), thoracic (mid-back), lumbar (low back) and sacral (tail bone).  

Whole Body - When you combine the segmental and regional movements of your spine with the movement of your extremities, you have whole-body motion.

Next Steps

Abundant health starts with moving well and feeling great. As you probably noticed, each of these movement types builds upon the other. Problems with segmental motion can cause problems with your regional and whole-body movement, so  to have optimal whole-body movement, you'll want to ensure that both your regional and segmental  motion is in tip-top shape.

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