SMART Fitness Goals

I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions, at all! However, there’s something about this time of year that reminds us all to set fitness goals. It could be the ubiquitous advertisements for gym memberships; the tempting commercials for, low-priced at-home equipment; or the age-old tradition of declaring “out with the old, in with the new”. Whatever your motivation, setting SMART goals will get better results than the resigned declaration, “OK, I’ll do it this time”. What are SMART goals?

  • S = Specific – State your goal and use “action words”.
  • M = Measurable – Quantitatively define your goal.
  • A = Attainable – Choose something that is manageable and within reach.
  • R = Realistic – Don’t go sky high! Set reasonable expectations.
  • T = Timely – Pick an “end” date and hold yourself accountable to it.
  • So how does all of this translate into setting SMART fitness goals? Here’s an example:

    I will lose 10 pounds by the end of a 60-day period by doing the following:

    • Completing 30 minutes of cardio three times per week
    • Performing 30 minutes of strength training two times per week
    • Eliminating one unhealthy snack per day and replacing it with a piece of fruit
    • Drinking eight 12-ounce glasses of water per day

    A pound of fat equals 3,500 calories. One of the quickest ways to get rid of each pound is to use a combination of exercise and calorie-reduction. Note that I did not say “diet”.

    Once you get into the habit of following your fitness and nutrition plan, you’ll shed each pound with relative ease. You’ll also find it easier to increase the amount of time you spend exercising and decrease unhealthy snacking habits. Reach a goal, set a new one, if desired.

    Do’s and Don’ts: Do get moving! Do leave the infomercial products alone! You already have everything you need. Do keep a fitness journal – keep it simple! Don’t get caught up in achieving the figure of a model. And don’t put off tomorrow what you can do today!

    Let’s chat! Are you ready to set a SMART fitness goal this year? If so, post it here. Accountability partners are welcome!

    Love to all!


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