If You're S.M.A.R.T., You'll Set Obtainable, Reasonable Health Goals

If You’re S.M.A.R.T., You’ll Set Obtainable, Reasonable Health Goals

Posted on: January 19, 2015

Let Mercy Health & Fitness in North Canton, Ohio, help you set SMART goals this yearWe're already more than half-way through January. Did you set New Year's Resolutions for 2015? If yes, are you still in the game?

Unfortunately, year after year we set ourselves up for failure by setting unobtainable and unreasonable goals. In fact, according to a study conducted by the University of Scranton, among Americans who make resolutions, 64% will succeed in their endeavors past a month and only 46% will last past six months. When these goals are unmet, we tend to punish ourselves by conceding to the temptation of the very behaviors it was our goal to avoid and, as a result, pushing ourselves further yet from our goals.

Rather than setting far-fetched resolutions this year, it's time to establish and obtain realistic health goals that will have you feeling, functioning, and looking better in 2015.

At the Mercy Health & Fitness Center in North Canton, our knowledgeable fitness specialists are well-equipped to help you create and meet specific, measurable, attainable, relevant (or reasonable), and time-bound (S.M.A.R.T.) fitness goals guided by your resolutions. Forming S.M.A.R.T. goals sets the stage for a path of success rather than failure and despondency. Whether your goal is to lose weight, increase strength and stamina, or improve balance, we have a program for you!

Mercy Launches Fit & Healthy Program

In the University of Scranton’s study of New Year’s resolutions, weight loss was found to be the most frequently reported resolution among Americans.

If your goal for 2015 is to lose weight, consider Mercy’s Fit & Healthy Program. This new program involves the joined forces of the Mercy Health & Fitness Center in North Canton and Mercy Weight Management to provide participants with three meal replacement supplements, two healthy entrees, and five servings of fruits and vegetables per day.

Additionally, program participants will receive personal training at the fitness center. The Fit & Healthy Program is designed to address both the dietary modifications and exercise requirements needed for sustainable weight loss. By the end of this program, you will have the knowledge and behaviors necessary to make healthy eating choices and comfortably engage in weight management exercise on your own.

Balance Classes Designed to Help Prevent Falls

Struggling with unsteadiness? Concerned about losing your footing and falling? Perhaps balance is your New Year’s resolution. Falls are a serious concern, especially among older adults.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries in this segment of the population. Falls are also the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries and are the primary cause of most fractures among older adults.

Don’t wait for an incident to occur. Improve your balance to minimize your risk of falls and their consequences. Beginning this month, Mercy Health & Fitness Center will offer balance classes designed for individuals with mild to moderate balance problems. This program will provide participants with stretches and exercises intended to improve leg strength and overall balance. At the conclusion of the course, participants will have improved lower body strength, awareness of fall risks, and knowledge of how to exercise safety in precarious situations.

Unlike typical resolutions, the beauty of setting S.M.A.R.T. goals for ourselves, whether they are health-related or otherwise, is the long-term victory that can be found in the slow but steady changes, as opposed to the drastic ones that often don't last. It's the ideal way to get in the game for keeps.

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Learn more about Mercy Health & Fitness Center in North Canton, Ohio, by calling 330-966-8997 or visiting cantonmercy.org/fitness.

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