We all have fitness goals that we want to achieve, whether they are personal, or for our personal training clients. However, so often we jump in too fast, giving ourselves targets that are just not achievable. In this blog post, we look at SMART goals; what they are and how to set them.
What is SMART?
SMART is Specific, Measurable, Accurate, Realistic and Timely. SMART helps you to set realistic and achievable goals so that you, or your client, can meet your targets.
Specific – Don’t be vague when setting your fitness goals. To ‘loose weight’ is simply not specific enough. Take the time to think about exactly what you want like how much weight you want to loose? Or is your goal to change a dress/clothes size and fi so, by how much or from what to where. This ensures you set a really specific goal that you want to achieve.
Measurable – Think about how this specific goal can be measured. For example, if you are looking to loose weight or change shape, you might use scales, tape measure, clothes size or body fat measurement. It is important to have a way of measuring your goal so that you can keep track and see if it is achievable. Speak to a trainer to find the best method of measurement for you. Then, keep track of your progress on a regular basis!
Achievable – Ensure your goal is achievable for you! Try not to aim too high at first, as you may end up disappointed and lacking motivation. Start small and set goals that you can reach. Then, if you meet those targets, set new ones!
Realistic – Ensure the goal is realistic for you! For example someone starting out at weight training, with the goal to become an Olympic contender is simply not a realistic target. This again could lead to disappointment. Speak to a trainer to discuss your goals and set a realistic plan together.
Timely – Set a time frame. You’ll find it easier to stick to a goal if you have a time limit rather than an open-ended goal, where there is no rush. Setting a time and sticking to a regular routine will bring you closer your fitness goals. You may even consider that you’ll have a long-term goal (what you ultimately want to achieve) and then it’s broken down into smaller short and medium term goals to help you achieve the big one!
Once you have set your SMART targets, it’s time to focus. The following tips will help you get closer to those all-important fitness goals:
1. Work out your why
Whether you’re trying to fit into that wedding dress, training for a marathon or toning up for a holiday, knowing your why is important. This is the motivation that will push you in the right direction.
2. Celebrate mini goals
You don’t need to wait until the end goal to celebrate. Any achievements you make along the way get you closer to your end goal. Be proud of them! These mini goals often keep you focused..
3. Reduce distraction
It is easier said than done, but focus is the key! Try to avoid distraction by working out with likeminded people or simply working out with a pair of headphones. Distraction can easily become your downfall!