How to Set Fitness SMART Goals
Sworkit is here to help you make your goals go from average to SMART! We don’t expect you to change your goals but we’ll help you learn how to continually improve them.
The sooner you set goals for yourself the better, but wait a minute. We’re not settling for an average, unspecific goal. We want a specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely goal. We call that a SMART goal.
SMART, spelled out
Specific: We love being specific at Sworkit. That means your goal is clear and easy to understand. Here’s what specific is not: “I want to look good”. Side note: you already look good!
Measurable: If you’re not tracking where you started, you won’t be able to see where you go. We’re not big fans of the scales either, but measuring your progress is a great way to see where you are with your goals.
Attainable: We’re all about shooting for the stars, but going too extreme when you set a goal might cause your head to spin when you’re not getting to the finish line. You don’t want your goals to bore you because they’re so easy to obtain, but you also want to be patient with yourself. We all know life happens. If your goal is attainable (three workouts per week vs. a workout every day), you give yourself some leniency which we all deserve.
Relevant: You know what sounded good to me? Being a runner. I was set on it. I had never run in my life, I didn’t even like it and it made me want to skip working out altogether. That ladies and gents, is called making a goal that is irrelevant! And guess what? It lasted for two weeks. Set a goal that is relevant to your life and makes YOU happy.
Timely: Make those goals urgent. Set a date, mark it in your calendar and GO! That being said, be kind to yourself, your family and your social life. The great news is that you have the ability to do whatever you put your mind to. The not so great news is sometimes that comes with sacrifices. Seriously, exercising and being fit is like being in a committed relationship. That means it comes with sacrifices, like saying no to sleeping in a bit longer. We know we’re worth the commitment. Trust us.
Here are a few examples to inspire you to set your goals:
- I will decrease my body fat by 5% in three months
- I will do a stretch routine three times a week until I can touch my toes without bending my knees
- I will do 10 push-ups every day when I wake up
- I want to become more flexible, so I’m going to complete 30 yoga sessions in 60 days
Take a SMART course
Watch our certified trainer, Steve, explain more about SMART goals. You’ll learn:
- Why SMART goals are right for you
- How to get inspiration to set a SMART goal
- How to make an average goal into a SMART goal
- How to track your SMART goal progress
Article by Leanna Olbinsky, Community Manager, Sworkit
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