Ready to determine your new year’s resolution? We commonly hear ones from our clients such as “lose 30 pounds” or “eat healthier.” While those are great resolutions, setting a few goals along the way will help create the permanent changes needed in your life to sustain them. Think of resolutions as your long term plans and goals as the specific, attainable milestones that make your resolution a reality.
So how do you set good fitness goals? Like any other type of goals, using the SMART method helps. Your goal should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-constrained.
- Specific – What will you accomplish?
- Measurable – How will you know when you’ve achieved it?
- Achievable – Is this a realistic goal for you?
- Relevant – Does it really matter to you?
- Time-constrained – What is your time frame for achieving the goal?
Instead of telling yourself that you will “work out more,” set a goal of “working out for 45 minutes a session, three times a week over the next six weeks.” At the end of six weeks, you can evaluate where you are and change your goal if needed. If you achieved the goal, you might want to challenge yourself further with a new, harder goal.
There are some great worksheets available that can help you set your fitness goals. Two that I like are from GirlsGoneSporty® and Scripps.
The GirlsGoneSporty® worksheet covers six months of goals and addresses issues such as barriers you might face and how to overcome them. The Scripps worksheet includes a monthly activity calendar and weekly activity log.
Once you’ve set your resolutions and goals, how can you have the best chance of achieving them? Share your goals with your trainer!! If you don’t have a trainer yet, consider getting one. One very important factor that is not covered in the SMART method is accountability. Having someone that you are accountable to increases your ability to attain goals.
Fitness Together trainers are your personal fitness coaches, here to help you and cheer you on. They will tailor your workout to help you meet your goals and resolutions. And, if you are a Nutrition Together client, you additionally have access to an online food and exercise journal to help you track your progress.
Here’s wishing you a healthy, fit New Year full of achieved goals and resolutions!
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