Start the New Year SMART!

​By: Kailey Trewartha RKin, Alyssa Franzese RKin, Cancer Rehabilitation & Survivorship Program at ELLICSR

The holidays are here! For many people this means meal planning, shopping, baking and entertaining. It's an exciting time to share food and memories with family and friends. However, on top of being a caregiver these responsibilities can seem overwhelming.

The New Year is a great time to reflect on the past year and set exercise goals for the coming year. You may ask "where do I start?" Use the SMART method when setting your New Year exercise goals SMART Goals should be:

Specific- What exactly will you do?

Measureable- How will you know you met your goal?

Action- What steps will you take to reach your goal?

Realistic- Can you reach this goal?

Time bound –When do you want to complete your goal?

An example of an exercise goal would be:

"I want to increase the amount I walk"

You can make this goal SMART by saying:

"I will walk for 30 minutes at a brisk pace on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for the next 4 weeks"

Using the SMART method and writing down your goals will:

  • keep you motivated
  • help you track your progress

You can change your goals based on what you want to achieve this coming year.

Our Cancer Rehabilitation and Exercise Program, uses the SMART method to set exercise and wellness goals to help you stay on track.