A healthy lifestyle is one of the best ways to protect yourself and the people you love against kidney disease. It’s the first line of defense against diabetes and high blood pressure, the two leading causes of kidney disease.
Living healthy is easier if you set goals. This April, spring into action with some healthy new goals! Start by thinking about what you would like to achieve. Then, help ensure your success by making your goals SMART.
SMART stands for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-based. Follow along with the information below as you set your SMART goals:
What you want to achieve and how you’ll do it
Not specific: To exercise
Specific: To get in shape by walking
Ask yourself: What do I want to accomplish? How will I do it?
How you’ll know when you’ve reached your goal
Not measurable: To walk often
Measurable: To walk for 30 minutes, 5 times a week
Ask yourself: How much? How often?
That your goal is possible
Not attainable: To walk 5 miles in 30 minutes
Attainable: To walk 1 ½ miles in 30 minutes
Ask yourself: Can I do this?
That your goal is appropriate for you
Not realistic: To walk for 2 hours every day
Realistic: To walk for 30 minutes every day
Ask yourself: Am I willing to work towards this goal? Do I have the skills and resources I need?
When you plan to reach a goal
Not time-based: To walk 5 times a week until I feel fit
Time-based: To walk for 30 minutes, 5 times a week for a month
Ask yourself: When will I achieve this?