Do you have a goal that you want to reach, but need help with the planning process? When setting your fitness goals, I recommend using the S.M.A.R.T. method of goal setting. The acronym S.M.A.R.T. stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely goals. Use this method to help you make solid achievable fitness goals!
Specific goals are more than likely going to be successful goals. Many people come to our program saying that their goal is to become healthier. Well, the issue with that goal is healthy for you may not be the same standard for someone else. To me healthy is a relative term and does not give you a clear target to aim towards. A more specific goal would be to say, “I want to lose 25 lbs and learn about healthy eating practices so that I can improve my structural integrity and have better digestion.” Specific goals such as the one I just mentioned will create a clear obtainable vision and a solid baseline.
Measurable goals can be tracked and monitored throughout your program. At Pinnacle Fitness Center we measure and track your body composition by taking in account your height, weight and body fat analysis. Some people even record their body tape measurements. The body composition log serves as record of your progress towards your long term body composition markers. By keeping an accurate log of your body composition you can see if you are headed in the right direction or if you need to make adjustments to your program.
Can your goal be reached this year? Many people know what their ultimate long term goals are however, they have no clue what it will take to reach these goal markers. My advice for achieving your long term fitness goals is to break your long term goals down into short term goals. So if you have a long term goal of losing 60 lbs, you should make a short term goal of losing 10 lbs a month for 6 months. This is an example of a specific measureable goal that is attainable.
The “why” behind your goal will give relevance to your goal. There should always be a strong reason why you are committing to a fitness program. If your “why” is not strong then you will have a very difficult time achieving your goals.
I love to see groups of long term friends exercising together in our boot camp. Having a friend or co-worker there to challenge you is a great motivation for anyone. Often times that friend may have to stop for one reason or another leaving their other friends behind to attain their fitness goals by themselves. This is when the “why “becomes most important. If your “why” is tied to your friend then “your health” can be derailed by their absence, but if your why is rooted in a deeper importance then absence of your friend will not change the track to your goal.
Remember that it takes time to meet your goals. Set specific goal markers that will correlate to a realistic time frame. This will save you from disappointments in the future. A lady once called us to say that she is looking to lose 50 lbs because her 20th high school reunion was in 8 weeks. I told her I could not promise her the goal of 50 lbs because typically people do not lose weight that fast. The lady was upset because she had seen people do it on a reality TV show. This is an example of an untimely goal. My suggestion would be to research and find a good timeframe for your specific goal marker. Then set a goal based on your research findings, your metabolism, and your fitness program.
In summary, the S.M.A.R.T. method can be a valuable tool for setting solid goals. Make sure your goals are challenging and in line with your principles. It is also important to surround yourself with people that are going in the same direction and will encourage you through your process. You can accomplish many fitness goals if you make your health a top priority.
For more information concerning fitness goal setting and lifestyle choices visit: www.PinnacleFitnessCenter.com or Contact David Nash @ 770-367-2539