How many times have you started a fitness program, just to feel like giving up a week or two in because you weren’t achieving the results you wanted? Most of us have done it. Living in an instant gratification society makes it tough to wait for things we want. But, the truth is that with fitness, you’re playing the long game. Sure, it’s fun to see quick results with working out ’til oblivion or utilizing crash diets, but does it last? Not usually. Today, let’s talk about setting SMART fitness goals.
SMART is an acronym that is used across the industry to help you understand each step of setting a realistic goal – one that you can accomplish and sustain.
Specific – ie: I want to work out for 30 minutes a day
Measurable – can I measure this? Of course, time yourself.
Attainable – Do I have time for this? Maybe some days you don’t have 30 minutes to spare. You can increase your workout on other days to meet your weekly goal.
Rewards – Reward yourself for meeting your goal within a reasonable amount of time.
Time – When do you want to be able to accomplish this goal by?
Setting SMART goals is something that may not come as easily as you may think. Do you have anyone holding you accountable for reaching your goal? Do you know how long it will actually take you to reach it? This is where a friends, workout partners, and personal fitness coaches come in handy.
It’s why we designed our gym memberships around Semi-Private Training. We’ve got the encouragement of others around you working on their own goals, and the trust and accountability of a fitness coach to keep moving toward yours in a structured, successful way.
So, as this New Year approaches, don’t set any resolution without making sure it’s specific, measurable, attainable, has some sort of reward for checking the ‘done’ box, and a time frame attached to it. Making a goal like that would be one SMART move. 🙂