Source: American Diabetes Association
If you’re ready to start getting active, it’s time to set goals and make a plan. Remember to start small if you haven’t been active in a while; you don’t want to overwhelm or hurt yourself. When you think of a physical activity goal, make sure you consider three points:
- What activity will you do and for how long? Be specific.
- How often/when will you do this?
- Is your goal realistic? Don’t try to change too much at once!
Here is an example of a goal that includes the three points above:
Four days each week I will take a 10-minute brisk walk during the lunch hour (since I don’t really need the whole hour to eat).
Notice that the activity goal is not “I’ll walk more” or “I’ll be healthier”. Those goals are not specific enough.