Staying focused and accomplishing your fitness goals can be extremely challenging and feel intimidating at times. One of the most effective strategies to achieving your goals is to establish SMART goals. ‘SMART’ is an acronym representing ‘specific’, ‘measurable’, ‘achievable’, ‘relevant’, and ‘timely’.
S: The ‘S’ stands for specific. You want your goals to be particular. An example of this would be instead of having a goal such as ‘I want to start getting in better shape’ to something more specific such as ‘I want to lose 3 lbs’.
M: The ‘M’ is for measurable. You want your goals to be designed so you can measure on whether or not you achieved them. An example would be ‘By February 5th, I will be able to do 15 pushups in a row’.
A: You also want your goals to be ‘achievable’. You want to challenge yourself but at the same time not set goals that are too overwhelming.
R: Goals should also be ‘relevant’. The goal should be able to positively impact your life and reflect your values.
T: Lastly, the goal should be ‘timely’. There should be a realistic deadline on when the goal will be achieved. Having an end date on the goal will make you more motivated and decrease the chances of procrastination.
A complete example of a SMART goal would be “By March 1st, I will be able to do 10 pullups in a row because it will increase my overall strength. I will accomplish this goal through various upper body exercises including pull ups”. It is also very beneficial to write down these SMART goals and put them in a place where you can see them every day to serve as an additional reminder. A couple of good ideas of places to them are on your front door or as the wallpaper on your phone. It’s okay if you haven’t set goals for yourself for the New Year. Take some time to think about what you want to see out of yourself, visualize it, and set SMART goals. - Jack Groeber, CPT (Full Scale Fitness Personal Trainer)
Gregory, Alyssa. “Here Are Some Business Goals That Follow the SMART Criteria.” The Balance, 29 Sept. 2017,www.thebalance.com/smart-goal-examples-2951827.