If you have been paying attention and haven’t been falling asleep in your corporate meetings, then you are familiar with SMART Goals! And if you don’t know what I am talking about or you dozed off last time you heard them, here they are:
Smart Goals are:
If you use this formula when you are setting goals, learning how to set smart fitness goals will follow the same path to success. Since it’s the new year, so many people are hitting the gym, hiring personal trainers, or looking for a great workout to do in the living room.
However, the biggest problem is, when people set their goals they set themselves up for failure! When it comes to learning from our failures, they usually take the back seat when it comes to setting fitness goals.
Lets make this year different! Make this year the one where you set SMART Fitness Goals and pick up some of the tools to get you there!
5 Tips on How To Set Smart Fitness Goals
Here are the 5 Smart Goals and example of how you can set yourself up for success. Get a notepad or journal, take some time to find out whats important to you, and write them down! Don’t just glance over this post like its a bunch of malarchy your boss wanted you to do to fill time. Write them down and be SMART!!
What do you want to achieve?
You may have a big goal like:
- Lose 75 pounds in one year or 20 pounds in 12 weeks
- Feel better when I look in the mirror
- Lose 2 pants sizes
Why is this important to you?
Describe the why:
- To look and feel good on my beach vacation
- So I can have more energy to play with my kids
- To be happy and healthy
What steps will you take to achieve this goal?
Pick action step that you can achieve. This is where most people fail! They go too fast to soon and when their muscles are sore the quit and fall off.
Here is a good place to start:
- Complete two or three strength training workouts per week
- Complete two cardio sessions per week
- Get 10,000 steps in with your step tracker
- Add one healthy food habit per week
- Start the 24 Day Challenge!
This is one of the most important keys to your success! Going to the gym just won’t cut it! If you put on your calendar that you will go to the gym and do 30 minutes of strength training, then you will have the beginning of your plan mapped out. If you put on there, go to the gym, then you might as well set this goal:
Aimlessly walk around the gym talk and text people and do 15 sets at the water fountain. Don’t be that guy, or gal!
4 Realistic (based on your actionable goals)
A good example is to set 6 actionable goals per week. If you shoot for 6 and only do 4, then you are still on your way towards success.
Give yourself an end date:
- Your daughter’s wedding
- Book that Caribbean Cruise
- When I see my Doctor again!!
If you are on a 12 week program, having that end date will push you through the ‘I wanna quit phase’ at about week 3.
Turning Goals into Results
In my experience, when you add some meat to your goals your success rate will almost double. What I mean is, instead of just setting goals, add a program that will help you be actionable.
Here are some great programs that I use and highly recommend:
Turbulence Training – Strength and Cardio combined in only 3 days per week
Beachbody – From P90x to Insanity, their programs have 6 day actionable goals that produce results
24 Day Challenge by Advocare – This program will get you eating right in just over 3 weeks. You will cut cravings and shed your unwanted fat. And if you add some exercise like Turbulence Training, your results will skyrocket!
Good luck and don’t forget to post your progress below!!