1. Set SMART goals

    • SMART Goals stand for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound goals. These parameters are defined to ensure that you likely attain your goals in a certain time frame, and eliminate generalities. 
      1. S stands for specific: this helps you think through what you’re actually trying to achieve, what steps need to be taken to achieve the goal, etc. 
      2. M stands for measurable: this helps quantify your goals and makes it simpler to track progress. Goals can often be ongoing, so having benchmarks can help set deadlines and a more solid timeline. 
      3. A stands for achievable: this helps you analyze whether these goals are realistic in the first place - do you have the right resources/personnel/time/timeline etc? 
      4. R stands for relevant: you think about the big picture here and reflect on why you’re setting this goal, and whether the context is relevant. 
      5. T stands for time-bound: to properly measure success, it’s important to have time-related parameters built in to keep you in check throughout the process. 
    • Having goals with a clear timeline and less guesswork, such as S.M.A.R.T goals will help you maintain your routine and properly achieve them in the long term rather than ineffective goals with short term changes. 

We’ve all heard the notion that “regular exercise is good for you” or “workout for 30 minutes 5 times a week.” So while most of us know that exercise is beneficial for us, why do so many of us neglect physical activity? Maybe it’s because we’re too busy, we don’t enjoy the workouts, or we get frustrated with not seeing immediate results. 

If you are curious about how important is fitness on your overall mental health, you should join us for the FREE upcoming “Fitness and Mental Health Presentation” webinar hosted by our frineds from the UAB Mental Health Ambasadors. The “Fitness and Mental Health Presentation” will discuss the importance that fitness has on your overall mental health. On behalf of the Mental Health Ambassadors (MHA), we aim to help spread positive mental health and mental health awareness through the lens of fitness. We joined MHA to educate peers on this topic as it is very important to us all. In this presentation, we will shed insight into our own experiences with mental health and fitness, discuss the benefits physical fitness has on mental health and give helpful tips on how to implement fitness into your life. But before we tell you about our ftiness and mental health expereince, let us introduce ourselves.

Another year, another April. Can you believe we have been battling COVID-19 for over a year now? For many of us, we hibernated in our homes when the shutdown began and only came out of the house when it was absolutely necessary. Many gyms had closed, and the only exercise we would get were the steps we took from our bed, to the sofa and to the bathroom! ? On top of that, we endured more stress as feelings of isolation and loneliness arose. Thankfully, exercise has been scientifically proven to reduce stress levels even if we are only active for a few short minutes!

Just about a year ago, weight-gain woes began for a lot of us when COVID-19 plagued the world. This triggered the chain reaction of stress eating as the shutdown of schools, gyms and entertainment venues forced us to spend more time at home. Now that we are getting used to a “new normal,” it is important to not let our stress negatively impact our food choices, so opting for foods that are high in nutrients are key to helping us stay on track with our weight and overall health.