When it comes to exercise we at ready steady fit we are firm believers that you need to have a goal to train for. A goal doesn’t have to be something extreme like competing in a marathon or having a body you would find on the front of magazines, in fact it’s quite the opposite.
All too often we see clients starting off with goals which are somewhat unachievable only to give up on those goals after the first few weeks. Instead we believe in setting realistic and achievable goals.
We are not saying that you shouldn’t set your sights high and aim for that marathon, however, it is more important to be realistic and specific to start with. For example, “I will run a 10km race in xx minutes” as the first step in a longer journey to the marathon. When we set clients goals we use the SMART principle of goal setting (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timeframe) to ensure all achieve their goals.
What can you do to make sure you achieve your goals and apply the SMART principle to your training?
First of all make sure you goal is specific, clear and easy to understand. Setting a goal like “I want to be fitter” is far too vague and hard to measure. If you want to lose weight then specify exactly how much, if you want to run a certain distance then specify what time you want to run that in. These kinds of goals are both specific and measurable. When goals are vague goals they are even harder to achieve.
If your goal is to lose a large amount of weight then you know that to get there you will need to lose the first few pounds. Set a target for each week or fortnight so that you aren’t always upset about not being at the final hurdle, but instead happy that you keep reaching each milestone – small and often to eventually equal the big one!
Finally make sure you set a timeframe on your goal. There is no point in setting a goal that has no ending. Try to be as time specific as you can; set a goal of “I want to lose x amount of weight in the next 8 weeks”, or “I want to be able to run 5km without stopping by x date”. This is the best motivator for anyone looking to achieve their fitness goals. These principals don’t only apply to your fitness goals they can also be implemented in every area of your life. If you have a goal, be SMART and make sure you achieve it!!!