By Kim Munson
Goal setting can be an extremely effective way to stay motivated and improve your fitness. Effective goal setting works by first specifically identifying what you want to achieve and then strategizing how to get there in a realistic and timely manner. Effective goals are SMART goals:
- Realistic & Relevant
- Time Based
Creating an action plan like this will help keep you accountable and motivated on your fitness journey. Follow this guideline to create your own SMART goals today.
Here is an example of a SMART Goal from a new exerciser who wants to loose weight:
- Specific – I will loose 15 pounds over the next two months.
- Measurable – I will weigh myself every morning when I wake up.
- Attainable – I will start a 3 day/week fitness program where I attend group group bootcamp twice a week on Mon/Wed and then walk for 45min on my own on Fridays after work. I will pack my own lunches Mon and swap non-sweetened iced tea or water for soda during the work week.
- Realistic & Relevant – I can commit to 2 days a week of an exercise class, and will have time on Fridays after work to walk for 45min. I can pack my lunch for Monday on Sunday night, and swapping soda for tea/water at work will be doable as they are readily available, and I wont feel restricted since I will allow myself to drink soda on the weekends. I want to loose weight and feel good about my body again. My recent visit to the doctor showed me that if I kept ignoring my health and fitness like I have been, then I was on my way to being pre-diabetic and at risk for other illness.
- Time Based – Two months is a reasonable time to loose 15 pounds. That is 1.88lbs per week. With the added exercise and improved diet I can accomplish this.
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Kim Munson is a Fitness Coach and NASM Certified Personal Trainer specializing in outdoor, athletic based, functional fitness. She enjoys spending time outside and can be found running, biking or generally sweating at some location in the the south bay/San Jose area.