When it comes to starting a new fitness routine, it’s normal for us to want to set lofty goals for ourselves. There’s nothing wrong with being ambitious, but it’s important that your goals are reachable so you don’t become discouraged along the way. You may be familiar with using the “SMART” technique for setting professional goals, but it’s also helpful when it comes to your exercise plan!
S – Specific
Be specific when you’re setting a new fitness goal. Something such as, “I want to exercise more,” is too general. However, “I want to exercise four days per week,” is a good, specific goal. Accomplishing your goals starts with being specific from the beginning!
M – Measurable
Once you set your new goal, be sure to track your progress along the way. If you want to exercise four times per week, a good way to measure this is to keep a workout journal. Each time after you exercise, record what you did and for how long so you can measure your journey and keep yourself accountable. If an actual workout journal isn’t your thing, grab your smartphone and download a workout app to help you track your progress instead!
A – Attainable
As mentioned earlier, being ambitious when you’re setting your goals is a good thing, but be sure they are attainable. On the flip side, having goals that are too easy to reach and don’t challenge you won’t do you any good either. Be honest with yourself and find that happy medium to set attainable fitness goals.
R – Relevant
Set a goal that will immediately be relevant to you and where you’re at in your life. Just because a friend is pursuing one fitness goal doesn’t mean you need to work towards that goal too. Working towards something that is relevant to you will help keep you more motivated along the way.
T – Timeframe
Lastly, include a timeframe when you’re setting your fitness goals. Having an end point in sight will help you keep things in perspective and will give you a specific deadline for accomplishing your goal.