Recently a new park with a beautiful running track opened up not far from my home. Knowing my sedentary habits and need for regular exercise, my wife suggested that we start running together on the track. Though I hadn’t gone running for more than twenty years I agreed because I know l that I need to start moving while I still can. We plan to run three days a week, as long as the weather permits. On weekdays the only time that fits both of our schedules is 4:30 in the morning, so I know it will be a challenge to stay motivated.
How do I plan to keep myself on the track? By setting goals that help me track my progress and identify success.
My goal in taking up running is to improve my physical fitness, particularly my cardiovascular fitness. We all know, if we pay any attention to what our doctors tell us, that this will help us live longer and healthier lives. It would also be nice to climb the two flights of stairs to the office and not be breathing heavily at the top.
How will I know when I have reached this goal? It doesn’t have an endpoint so I need to define a goal that relates to it that I can definitely reach. I could measure my heart rate but I don’t have a heart rate monitor to make that easy so I’ll make my goal simple. To allow time for a cool down walk and a shower before my daughter gets up to go to school, we only have about 20 minutes to run from the time the lights go on at the track until we have to head home. I can’t run for 20 minutes straight in my current condition so I’ll make that my goal. I can also count the number of times I make it around the track, so I can see that I’m making progress even if I don’t run the whole time. On my last run I made it around the track five times in 20 minutes, though I had to slow to a (brisk) walk part way through. When I’ve reached my goal of running for the whole time I can push forward by increasing the number of laps.
I’ve already made some progress towards my goal. The first time I went for my morning run I only made it around the track four times. I think I’d even made some progress before I went on the first run. It was a step to make the commitment to run and another to buy a decent pair of running shoes. Without taking these first steps I could never have started, so they are just as important as my first lap around the track.
This thinking about goals is built into the design of Curi™. The first step is identifying what you want to achieve in your caregiving. You might want to lose 20 pounds, help your spouse do the same, or make sure that your mother takes the right medication on time each day. Curi™ helps you define your goals so they can be tracked and measured (run for 20 minutes non-stop), break them down into smaller goals that are milestones to measure your progress by (run three times around the track without stopping), and assign tasks to your goal that are steps toward achieving it (show up at the track at 4:30 in the morning with your running shoes on). And, because tasks in caregiving are often time sensitive, Curi™ can alert you when it’s time to get them done. (The lights are on, it’s time to run.). By helping you define, measure, and reach your wellness and caregiving goals, Curi™ can help you stay on track to reach the goal that all carers share, keeping the family running together for as long as possible.