Are Your Fitness Goals SMART?

Set Your Goals and Focus

You’ve heard a lot about goal setting over the course of your career. You undoubtedly had more than one performance review associated with those goals too. And you know that by setting goals we accomplish more. Sometimes more than we thought possible.

So you know that to be effective, a goal will be challenging and with the right attitude and determination, be reachable and is worth it. Goals are the desired result of your focus.

So, have you tried applying those same strategies you leveraged at work towards your exercise goals? You can use what you know to be successful at being active too. Here’s what we mean.

If you know about goal setting, you may be no stranger to setting S.M.A.R.T. goals. Let’s first quantify your goals by ensuring they are S.M.A.R.T.

  • S.  Specific – what is it and how will it be accomplished?
  • M. Measurable – how will you measure success?
  • A.  Achievable – can you do it?
  • R.  Realistic – what is the purpose, why are you doing this?
  • T.  Time Bound – when will it be done by?

 

A Lifetime of Goals, with Rewards

When you create your goals, be sure to keep in mind that these are lifetime goals. This is a marathon, your marathon. And staying fit for as long as you can is the best thing you can do for an active, happy life.

Staying fit for life isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon.

And when you create your goals, don’t forget the part of those performance reviews that made goal setting worthwhile. The reward.  Medal for AccomplishmentsReward yourself when you accomplish your goal. Maybe a movie after a month of exercising or a picnic and walk at the beach after each week that you accomplish your goals. Build on your small successes and before you know it, you’ll have accomplished your goal, which is exactly where you want to be.

 

Start

“It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you don’t stop.”
Confucius

I like the Confucius saying about not stopping and it’s true – never let little setbacks deter you. Get refocused after lapses. But the really hard part is sometimes Starting. Here’s a plan to help you get started initially and after lapses.

  • S. Specific
    • what is it:  exercising
    • how will it be accomplished: once a week for 30 minutes
  • M. Measurable
    • how will you measure success:  completed journal for 4 weeks
  • A. Achievable – can you do it?
    • Yes
  • R. Realistic – what is the purpose, why are you doing this?
    • to lose 1% body fat
  • T. Time Bound – when will it be done by?
    • four (4) weeks

 


So,  here are the steps to get you started:

  1. [DOWNLOAD]  our free Journal, print page 1 & 2 for reference, then print 4 copies of pages 3-5  of the weekly Journal. Mark pages 3-5 with the Sunday date for the week.
  2. [DOWNLOAD] the companion workout plan or [Visit] our exercise pages to select your exercises. You can print what you need so you can refer to them during your workout.
  3. Decide your time for each step. Plan for 5 minutes of Warm-up and Cool-down and 20 minutes of a mix of Core, Upper body and Lower body exercises.
  4. Start slowly, be sure to breathe, focus on your form.
  5. [Visit] our blog posts to learn about proper breathing, warm up and cool down.
  6. After 4 weeks review what you’ve accomplished, go for that walk on the beach and start your next 4 weeks. Increase reps or sets and change some of the exercises – that way you can target muscles you may not have used in awhile.

Visit our [online store] for your exercise equipment needs – mats, sneakers, ab-carver, etc. You name it, Amazon’s got it! We like it because we can shop in the comfort of home without spending the time it takes to go to the mall. We also like to take advantage of the Amazon buying choices (buy used before you commit, read samples of books), see other customer reviews (check these before you buy) and outstanding customer service. A much better buying experience!

Good luck and let us know if you need any help. Wishing you success! PS. Don’t forget your before photos. These are great for motivation!

Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to visit with us. Wishing you the best of health!

PS. Please note that while we are using the concept of a marathon to emphasis the point of a challenge that requires a lot of determination and hard work, we are not advocating that you run a marathon. Running requires lots of training and can be hard on a body. As with any exercise routine, always check with your doctor before you begin.

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Author: Joan E Wilder

We focus on providing information about the importance of physical activity to our quality of life. It is our hope to help people invest in themselves by staying active throughout their lives. It's that important.

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