Goal Setting

Move Smart! Making and Keeping Your Step Goals

Set your walking goals

Before the crush of the holidays and the threat of bad weather dim our resolve to exercise, take some time to set your walking goals. These time-tested strategies will help you keep on track.

Set a Specific Goal: Saying you are going to walk more and get healthier is great, but to be a true goal it needs to be specific and measureable. Determine your daily step goal and go for it and set it up on your home/portal page.

Use Your Pedometer: Not only is your pedometer an accurate way to track your steps and monitor your progress, it is also an excellent motivator. Knowing you have X number of steps to go might be the motivation you need to get moving. Who knows, it might motivate you to get in an extra 1,000 steps over your goal!

Make Time: Set a specific time to do your walking. It will help you develop a routine and thus help you achieve your daily step goals. Put it at the top of your “To Do” list and don’t let other priorities be an excuse not to walk. Remember, you are priority No. 1.

Keep a Record: Your Walkingspree account makes this easy. Review your daily step count and monitor your progress on your Step Tracker. Make sure you upload your steps frequently; say once or twice a week or even daily, to help you keep on track.

Get a Buddy, Be a Buddy: Participants who walk with a buddy walk farther. Be they real or virtual, buddies are a great way to get and give support, and push for “one more time around the block”. You can keep tabs on your buddies and send them gifts by clicking on the “Buddies” link located under the green navigation bar on your home/portal page.

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Move Smart! 5 Tips to Help You Reach Your Step Goals

If you are having a bit of trouble reaching your step goals, try these time-tested strategies to keep you on track.

Set a Specific Goal: Saying that you are going to walk more and get healthier is great, but to be a true goal it needs to be SMART, specific, measurable, adjustable, realistic and time based. Determine your daily step goal and go for it. Once you reach that goal, increase it a bit and go for it again.

Use Your Pedometer: Not only is your pedometer an accurate way to track your steps and monitor your progress, it is also an excellent motivator. Knowing you have X number of steps to go might be the motivation you need to get moving. Who knows, it might motivate you to get in an extra 1,000 steps over your goal!

Keep a Record: Your Walkingspree account makes this easy. Review your daily step count and monitor your progress on your Step Tracker. Make sure you upload your steps frequently; say once or twice a week or even daily, to help you keep on track.

Make Time: Set a specific time to do your walking. It will help you develop a routine and thus help you achieve your daily step goals. Put it at the top of your “To Do” list and don’t let other priorities be an excuse not to walk. Remember, you are priority No. 1.

Get a Buddy, Be a Buddy: Participants who walk with a buddy walk farther. It is a great way to get and give support, and push for “one more time around the block”. Invite a buddy through the Walkingspree system and send them a buddy gift for a friendly challenge.

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Creating SMART Goals

Goal planning helps you to achieve whatever you want in life, whether it is a fitness, financial or personal accomplishments, by having a plan and following through.

S – Specific. Define exactly what you want to accomplish. Walk 10,000 steps/day?
M – Measurable. Log your progress on the WalkingSpree website, both fitness and nutrition.
A – Adjustable. Be flexible and have a back up plan in case you’re not able to get out for your regular walk or you’re suddenly going out for lunch.
R – Realistic. Make sure the goal reflects what is attainable for you and not based on comparing yourself to others.
T – Time based. Set a deadline, but remember that long term changes are achieved when you take your time.

And remember, that there will always be days that you don’t meet your goals, but it’s like brushing your teeth. If you forgot one night before bed, you wouldn’t say “I give up. I’m never brushing my teeth again.” Fitness and health is the same way, get back up the next day and start all over again.

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