But, the truth is that with fitness, you’re playing the long game. Sure, it’s fun to see quick results with crash diets, but does it last? Not usually. Today, I want to talk to you about setting SMART fitness goals.
SMART is an acronym that is used across the industry to help you understand each step of setting a realistic goal – one that you can accomplish and sustain.
Specific – ie: I want to work out for 50-60 minutes a 2-3 times per week.
Measurable – Can I measure this? Of course! Are your weights increasing? Are your using a heart rate monitor like MYZONE to track your cardio health? Do your pants fit better than before?
Attainable – Do I have time for this? Maybe some days you don’t have 60 minutes to spare. You can increase your workout on other days to meet your weekly goal. We are very flexible when it comes to schedules.
Rewards – Reward yourself for meeting your goal within a reasonable amount of time. This doesn’t mean you can go grab your favorite burger at the end of training session.
Time – When do you want to be able to accomplish this goal by? Be realistic. Losing 10 pounds in one week is physically impossible unless you are losing water weight and that’s not being healthy.
Setting SMART goals is something that may not come as easily as you may think. Do you have anyone holding you accountable for reaching your goal? Do you know how long it will actually take you to reach it? This is where the coaches at Train 2 Xcel comes in handy. They will advise you about whether or not your goal is realistic and help you reach it in an acceptable amount of time.
Let us know if we can help you set your own SMART goal with a strategy session. She did and she never looked back!”Knee and hip pain, that I had for years, have disappeared!”
In the next section, we will discuss how to warm up properly.