Have you seen our new look? On Friday, we released a core site feature, My Goals, for WalkGeorgia.org! You can now set personal goals that take you from dreaming about more physical activity to doing more physical activity.
It’s simple, and if you haven’t had a chance to use the new My Goals feature yet, here’s a quick crash-course:
My Goals helps you to set a personal, one-week goal, measured by Walk Georgia points, and based on your favorite activities. For that week, any activity logged on Walk Georgia counts until you meet your point goal! It’s very important for you to create a goal that is challenging but also attainable. This will make sure that your fitness progress is healthy!
It is important that you create goals that are SMART. For a goal to be SMART, it needs to have these five factors:
This means that you know exactly what you want to do for your goal. For example, setting a goal to exercise each week is vague. Setting a goal to go walking each week would be more specific.
This means that you can check your progress towards achieving your goal. You can measure your goal by figuring how often you want to perform your physical activity. For example, you can set a goal to go for a walk three times this week.
This means that the goal you set is a goal you can achieve. Pick a goal that you can reach in a week. Setting goals you can achieve will increase your confidence and help you determine your next goal. For example, it would take longer than a week for you to walk 50 miles. A more achievable goal would be to walk 6 miles in a week. After a few weeks of walking, you’ll reach 50 miles!
This means that your goal is possible. It is a little bit different than making a goal achievable. Setting a realistic goal makes you more likely to stick to it. This requires setting goals that fit your lifestyle. This can be hard if you work, go to school, or have kids (maybe you do all three, whew!). One way to overcome a busy schedule is to make physical activity a part of your day-to-day activities. For instance, this could mean walking to school if you live close enough. You can walk during your lunch break or walk to get lunch instead of driving. You could even bring your kids along for walks to have some family time.
This means giving yourself a deadline to achieve the goal. The new Walk Georgia My Goals feature allows you to set a one week deadline for each goal. Deadlines can motivate you to finish a goal. It’s like seeing the finish line at the end of a race. Once you see the finish line, you push harder to finish the race!
So go give My Goals a try! We hope you enjoy pushing yourself to move more and live more with Walk Georgia!