Ah, the new year is finally here. It’s a new start, a clean slate and a fresh new page. So in celebration of this, I decided to share with you a formula for setting fitness goals that you would actually achieve.
I call it S.M.A.R.T. goal setting: S: specific, M: measurable, A: attainable, R: realistic, T: time-bound.
Let’s take a typical new-year resolution: “I want to lose weight and be healthy” and try to apply the S.M.A.R.T. approach to modify it.
Specific: “I want to lose 15 lbs” or “I want to start going to the gym 3 times a week” Make it a clear and specific goal.
Measurable: Write it down. Keeping a simple log actually helps you stay on track.
Attainable: Make it feasible. Start with something you can achieve immediately (or relatively soon), like going to the gym twice a week or stop drinking soda.
Realistic: Be honest with yourself. Don’t expect extra weight to simply melt off. Allow time and be patient.
Time-bound: Have short, intermediate, and long-term goals. Short Term: Up to 12 weeks. Intermediate: 3-6 months, and Long Term is 1 year and beyond.
So, what are you waiting for? Write your resolutions down, then put your sneakers on and start turning them into reality.
Happy Healthy Transformation!
Rami S. Aboumahadi
Personal Trainer and Founder of the Total Transformation Challenge Program.