The trouble with not having set any fitness goals, or with not setting them correctly is that you can spend months at the gym, with no results. Understanding the importance of setting fitness goals and knowing how to set those goals is crucial losing weight and getting in shape.
As you know, there is often a pattern to working out and weight loss. You decide now is the time, you get excited and work regularly and eagerly, then your motivation starts to wane because you don’t see results. Having SMART fitness goals helps you better connect yourself with what you want and keeps you motivated because you see results. This helps you continue to persevere when your focus inevitably starts to wane.
SMART fitness goals are specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic, and time-sensitive. These types of goals break larger, intimidating general fitness goals into smaller, more achievable ones that get you where you want to be.
Specific goals – “I want to lose weight’ doesn’t mean anything. How much weight do you want to lose?
Measureable goals – you need to be able to measure your goals. Want to lose waist size? That is a measurable goal. If your goals can’t be measured they may not be specific enough.
Action oriented goals – you need to be able to find an action that will help you reach your specific goal. You want to lose weight so the action is to cut your calories by cutting out soda. Or, if you want to run a road race, then your action can be to run an extra mile each week.
Realistic goals – it is unrealistic to say you want to lose 50 pounds by Summer. However, you can lose 1 pound per week until Summer.
Time sensitive goals – What is the due date of your fitness goal? When is the road race? When do you want to be one size smaller?
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