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Want to set Smarter Health Goals? This is how you can

Wouldn’t it be nice if you knew exactly what to do to lose weight successfully? S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym to remind you how to set a goal that maps out exactly what you need to do. These goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound.

Specific

Rather than simply saying, “I’m going to exercise more,” you’ve specified how many calories you’ll burn.

Measurable

Your device will track the calories you burn, so you’ll be able to clearly know when you succeed.

Attainable

Since you’re already burning 1,000 calories a week through exercise, bumping it up a bit should be manageable. To burn 1,250 calories, you’ll need to add about one extra workout.

Relevant

Exercise is totally relevant to weight loss. So exercising more fits into your larger weight loss plan.

Time-bound

This is your goal for this week. Period. You can choose to pursue this goal again next week, or you can set a new goal. It’s easier to commit to a goal and be successful if you do it for a set amount of time.

5 Tips for your Fitness safety

Use Proper Equipment

Replace your athletic shoes as they wear out. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes that let you move freely and are light enough to release body heat. When exercising in cold weather, dress in removable layers.

Balanced fitness

Develop a balanced fitness program that incorporates cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and flexibility. In addition to providing a total body workout, a balanced program will keep you from getting bored and lessen your chances of injury.

Warm-Up

Warm-up to prepare to exercise, even before stretching. Run in place for a few minutes, breathe slowly and deeply, or gently rehearse the motions of the exercise to follow. Warming up increases your heart and blood flow rates and loosens up other muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints.

Stretch

Begin stretches slowly and carefully until reaching a point of muscle tension. Hold each stretch for 10 to 20 seconds, then slowly and carefully release it. Inhale before each stretch and exhale as you release. Do each stretch only once. Never stretch to the point of pain, always maintain control, and never bounce on a muscle that is fully stretched.

Rest

Schedule regular days off from exercise and rest when tired. Fatigue and pain are good reasons to not exercise.

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