Why goal setting is important
If you are one of the many who work for an organisation you will know all about goal setting. At the start of the year you set out what you want to achieve by the end of the year. It’s what makes you do a good job even on a bad day because you want that promotion. If you own a business it’s not all that different, you will set targets to achieve every month or quarter. So we can agree that we know what goal setting is. When it comes to fitness the same principles apply, you set a long term goal, which will help you hold yourself accountable. In this post I will explain to you how you can easily set your own health and fitness goals.
When it comes to fitness we always aim to set SMART goals here is what that means:
Your goal should be
Specific – for example if you have a weightloss goal have a specific number in mind. If your goal is strength focused think about how much you want to increase resistance on specific lifts.
Measurable – You have to be able to measure it examples include: weighing with a scale, measuring circumference with a tape measure, stopwatch for timed activities (useful for people who want to improve their running time over a set distance) and additional weight for increased resistance
Achievable – it has to be achievable, are you able to put in the required time to achieve this goal? For example if you want to build strength, can you commit to training 3-4 times a week? If you want to lose weight can you commit to improving your diet and following an exercise programme 3 times a week?
Realistic – This very much depends on the next element, because if I say is it realistic to lose 10kg then the answer is yes. However, is it realistic to do so in 3 weeks, the answer would be no. If you don’t know what’s realistic seek the advice of a qualified trainer, who can help you with this.
Timed – set yourself a deadline. This is incredibly important for accountability, when do you want to achieve this goal by? You can even mark the date in your calendar for some extra encouragement.
Often when I speak to my clients for the first time their goal sounds something like this:
I want to lose weight.client
After talking through the goal using the SMART acronym the goal transforms into something like this:
I want to lose 10kg in the next 14 weeks.Client
The goal is now specific, we can measure it by using a scale, it’s achievable because the client can commit to following an exercise programme and improving their diet, 10kg in 14 weeks is realistic using healthy weightloss techniques and we have a deadline.
It’s that simple to set yourself a goal. And in order to help you stay accountable we are going to break it down into a medium and short term goal as well.
Medium term goal: I want to lose 5 kg in the next 7 weeks.
Short term goal: I want to lose 2.5kg in the next 4 weeks.
Why don’t you give it a try? Working hard to achieve something that is important to you is one of the most rewarding feelings. If you need help with your fitness goal setting get in touch and I will help you smash your goals.