It’s February 11th and if you are still on track with those New Year’s fitness resolutions, than you deserve a quest bar and a cup of green leaf tea as apparently February 7th is known in the gym world as the ‘Fitness Cliff’. The day that ‘I will do it now’ becomes ‘Ah sure I can do it tomorrow’.
And we all know that it’s a slippery slope from that to ‘Eh… I can’t go to the gym tonight – I forgot to turn on the emersion this morning’. If your fitness goals are at risk, dangling over that ledge or dare I say it, they have already plummeted to their death, than maybe you need to reassess and remember that you have to be SMART when creating fitness goals.
The coaches at SMART Training have given me some tips on how to set yourself up for success not failure, and give yourself the very best possible chance of hitting that goal.
S – Specific
Be specific. This is the who, what, where, when and how of your goal. Obviously ‘getting healthy’ is not specific. There are plenty of ways to ‘get healthy’ from stopping smoking, eating more fruit and vegetables or getting more exercise. But even ‘getting more exercise’ isn’t specific enough. To really set yourself up for success, you need to define your goal – ‘I will lose 10 pounds in three months’.
M – Measurable
Measuring your progress is vital, otherwise how else will you know if you have reached it. Analyse your goal and determine how you will track your progress. This will help you, not only to stay on track, but will provide motivation and encouragement along the way to your mini milestones.
A – Achievable
This one is important. While the boys at SMART Training aren’t suggesting you don’t set that bar high and shoot for the stars, they are saying that an unachievable goal can cause you to become unmotivated and self-doubting. Goals like ‘I’m going to go to the gym every day’ or ‘I’m giving up sugar, dairy and gluten’. Life happens and most of us simply don’t have the time or the will to get to the gym every day of the week or to monitor our diets to that extent. In order to give yourself the best chance of success, make sure your goals are achievable based on your personal schedule.
R – Realistic
If you’re a complete chocoholic like me, than don’t decide to forgo deserts for the next year. Sometimes all you have to do to make your goal realistic is to add the words ‘I will do my very best’ to the beginning of the goal. We’re not perfect and slipping is to be expected every now and then. Making your goal realistic means you will avoid the couch coma the first time you veer slightly off course.
T – Timed
Finally your goal should have a time-frame. Without a time-frame, there is no deadline and as such no motivation to make the change. I am the queen of procrastination. I make plans to make plans but struggle to follow through especially when those plans are about tasks that are unpleasant or difficult. Telling yourself you will exercise more is not enough. A timely task would be ‘starting next week, I am going to do some form of cardio, three times a week, for at least 30 minutes each session. I will to commit to this schedule for the next 3 months’.
If you want to make a change in your life, sit down and make sure your goals are SMART and if not they might need a little tweaking? SMART Training are encouraging all high risk readers to get off that ledge and click here to set up a free fitness consultation where they will help you refocus those fitness goals and make those New Year’s Resolutions a reality. As an added incentive, SMART Training will include a free trial session with the consultation.