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To make a change, use goals to chart your path to success. Two types of goals can
help you do this: long-term and short-term.
A long-term goal is not something
you can do all at once. It's the goal that inspires you and that will show how
far you've come when you complete it. It's usually a goal you hope to reach in
6 months or a year.
A long-term goal could be to walk for 1 hour 3
times a week. To keep going, think how proud you'll be when you reach this
When you reach your long-term goal, you can keep things
fresh by setting new goals. With the help of goals, you can go as far as you
Don't forget to write down your goals. They may change, but
you'll want a record. Writing them down is a great way to start your plan to
improve your health.
Short-term goals help you accomplish your long-term
goal. They keep you going day to day. They are usually goals you hope to reach
tomorrow or next week.
One example would be to start using the
stairs at work, or to take one 10-minute walk and build up to walking 3 times a
week. Short-term goals should be easy to do and will grow as you make
September 26, 2013
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Heather Chambliss, PhD - Exercise Science
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