How To Set Fitness Goals and Succeed

How To Set Fitness Goals


Why do you want to workout? Are you training for a marathon or do you want to get healthier? Whether you’re an athlete or want to lose some weight, goal setting will help you visualise and achieve your goals. Goal setting will be the difference between a wish and a want. Let’s see how we can make you finally hit your exercise goals! 


Setting fitness goals can be hard at first; many of your goals will be long term ones so it can be hard to see what progress you have made and you may not know how to track this progress. A great way to prevent this becoming an issue is to create mini goals, which are daily routines or achievements that need to be done so that you can achieve your main goal. You might challenge yourself to be able to complete 10 pushups and once that is achieved, push yourself to reach 20.


How many times have you given up on a New Year's resolution? Whether you planned to visit the gym more or learn a new skill, many have failed to complete these resolutions. The reason for this is clear, you aren’t specific enough in your goals! You might say you want to exercise more or lose weight but these are not clear enough in what you will do. Instead, you need to create a timeline or a schedule on how you will achieve this goal. 


What Are SMART Goals?


Your goal needs to be clear and defined if you want it to have purpose. You need to break down this goal into smaller goals that are achievable and will have a meaningful effect on your life. Basically, your goals need to be S.M.A.R.T! 

Specific: Is the goal written clearly? Is it obvious who is accountable for implementing the goal? What kind of help can be expected?

Measurable: When a goal is measurable it needs to answer: how many, how much and how often.

Achievable: Will you be able to receive the help you need to meet the deadline? Do you have all the resources you'll need to complete the task? Are the projected outcomes realistic?

Relevant: Is the goal beneficial to your job, health, or well-being? Will it have a positive impact on your personal life? Is it going to have a meaningful effect on you and the environment?

Time-bound: Is there a clear and exact deadline date indicated in the goal?


Here are some examples goals to help you create or reshape your current ones, original vs improved. Are any of these you?


Original:

  • “I want to lose weight” - Instead come up with a reasonable amount you want to lose, in what timeframe, and then break it down into smaller numbers you can spread over your calendar.

Improved:

  • “I want to lose a stone over four months. If I aim to lose a pound a week by regularly exercising then I will lose that stone.”

 

Original:

  • “I want to exercise more”- How will you exercise more? Come up with a weekly schedule of when you will exercise and what you will do.

Improved:

  • “I am going to exercise five times a week. I will go to the gym for an hour on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and do a yoga routine on Tuesday and Saturday.”

 

Written by Performance For All 

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