SMART Goal Setting

SMART goal settingAs an employee at a gym I constantly hear “Consistency leads to results!”

This is true. But it’s difficult to stay consistent in your workout if you feel like you’re not reaching your fitness goals.  Most people don’t reach their goals because they are unrealistic or impossible to achieve. Instead, SMART goals setting will help you achieve your fitness goals (or any life goals).  This is a way for you create, step by step, a plan to achieve your goals.

SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound

 

Specific:

You want your goal to be as specific as possible. Before setting a specific goal you must answer the 6 W questions.

Who is involved?

What do I want to accomplish?

Where can I go to accomplish my goal?

When will I accomplish this goal by?

Which requirements and constraints in life my hinder me from achieving my goal?

Why do I want to achieve this goal?

After answering these questions you can set your specific goal. An example of a general goal would be: “Workout more often.” A specific goal is: “ Join a gym and exercise 4 days a week for an hour each day.”

 

Measurable:

Establish a list of concrete criteria for measuring your progress toward your goals. Marking your accomplishments on the way to your goal is extremely important to stay motivated.

Some apps that can help:

Everymove: https://everymove.org/mobile/

Argus: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/argus-pedometer-run-cycle/id624329444?mt=8

PumaTrac: http://us.puma.com/en_US/home?affID=21181&mktID=AFF:21181:PepperJam:8-9461:USA

 

Attainable:

Look back at your goal and make sure that it is attainable and in the time frame that you want. Setting a goal that is not attainable may cause you to lose motivation and become frustrated with your workouts. Also, setting unattainable goals may lead you to push yourself too hard and get injured.

 

Realistic: 

Again, this is a time to reevaluate your goal in order to see if you can realistically reach your goal. This is when you should take into account your schedule. In the example above the goal is to workout 4 days a week for an hour. Make sure that this is realistic.  Don’t say you’ll workout for 2 hours or 6 times a week if you know that it’s not realistic for you.

 

Time-bound:

It is important that you establish a time frame for when you want to meet your goals. Without a time frame, you may lose motivation and never achieve your goal.

So, practice SMART goal setting and you’ll be on your way to success!

 

Source:

http://topachievement.com/smart.html

 

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