With the New Year approaching make sure your “new you” goals are here to stay. Lots of us use the end of the holidays and the new year as a time to rethink our health and wellness, and many of us lose sight of those goals as quicker than we made them. When making your new year's resolutions keep S.M.A.R.T. in mind.

Your goals should be Specific. This means you should state clearly what your goal is. For example instead of saying “I would like to exercise more”, a SMART goal defines specifically what this means. So instead we can say “I want to increase my 5k running pace next year.” The more specific you can make your goal, the more realistic it will become.

Every goal or resolution should be Measurable. Now, taking our Specific goal a step farther, how exactly do we accomplish increasing your running pace. Having a measurable goal means that you can quantify your progress towards your goal.

Making a goal Attainable is very important to keeping with a resolution or a lifestyle change. Let’s say you are trying to increase your fitness level it may not be attainable to say “I am going to run a 5k world record” instead define an attainable limit to your progress. This narrower focus will help you not get bogged down by lack of progress.

Make sure your goal is Relevant to you. Again going back to our original example if we want to increase our fitness level, what is a relevant mode for you? Is running a 5k an option? Having a relevant goal makes sticking with it more likely because you will be interested in continuing your progress.

Lastly, every goal needs to be Time oriented. If you are a regular runner and you want to increase your 5k time by 38 seconds, that is specific and attainable enough to be successful however it has no start or end date. Meeting your new year's resolutions are far more likely if you add a specific timeline to how you will make and measure your progress.