Common cardiac and diabetes risk factors you have the power to change:
S = Specific
Is the change concrete and definable? i.e. “I will” as opposed to “maybe”:>> I will exercise.
M = Measurable
Can you actually measure this – what would you measure; how would you show when you have achieved it? >> I will walk thirty minutes every day.
A = Achievable
Is this change actually realistic and achievable in this time and place? >> I am able to do this after work because I have the time and I have no mobility problems or motivational issues. (If the latter are issues, see your educator for some help).
Is this change relevant? >> Exercise is one of my main diabetes and cardiac risk factors which I need to modify.
When will this change be achieved? >> Exercise every day for 30 minutes for six months at least, to start with.
For self management to work, you have to be committed to want to change Making positive behaviour changes and maintaining them in the long run is quite difficult. Your doctor and educators are there to support you, so make use of them.
*Ref: Monash University, Flinders University (2012)