5-Step Method to Smash Your Fitness Goals
A goal needs to be as specific as possible so you can work toward it and achieve it. It’s not enough to say “I want to get in shape” – it’s just too vague. What exactly do you want to achieve and how? Why do you want to do it? You need to be very specific with your fitness goals to give yourself the best chance of success.
Ask yourself: What does getting in shape mean to me?
Does it mean you work out more? Does it mean you lose 30 pounds?
It’s important to have an overarching commitment to making a positive change in your life (like “I want to get in shape”), but it’s even more important to give your brain a very tangible task to deal with if you want to actually get results. If your goal is too vague, too broad, or too unplanned, it’s quite likely that you’ll fail to follow through.
You should tackle it in the same way you would a goal at work, it’s really no different and is undoubtedly more important as your health and wellness should always come first 🙂
Set yourself a very specific goal with a deadline. Deadlines are extremely important because they force you to get things done. It also helps you to set a framework to track your progress and divide your goals into smaller chunks. This is why races and competitions tend to be more effective motivators than just “the beach season”.
Setting yourself mini-goals that serve as stepping stones to your main goal prevents you from feeling overwhelmed. What will you do every day to achieve your goal? Again, these should be as specific as possible. Your goal can easily be broken down into chunks of daily workout routines and healthy habits. Of course, these should be adjustable to possible changing circumstances, but as long as your mini-goals are in line with your main goal, you’re on the right track.
A good way to sum up how to set achievable fitness goals is the SMART method:
A good fitness goal is just 5 things…
- S for Specific – the most important bit! If you want to lose weight, set a goal like “I want to lose 20 pounds in total, in increments of one or two pounds per week”.
- M for Measurable – break your goal down week by week and track your progress. Assess where you’re starting out from and frame your goal around that.
- A for Action-oriented – outline specific actions that you’re going to take every week to achieve your goal. “I will work out for 30 minutes four days a week”.
- R for Realistic – make sure your goal is actually achievable for you, with your life as it is right now. Don’t set an unattainable goal like “I’m going to lose 10 pounds in 10 days”. Make sure your goal is healthy and in line with the time and resources you have.
- T for Timed – set a deadline and stick to it by also setting deadlines for your mini-goals. Make sure it is a firm date and not something like ‘in a few months’ or ‘in a year’.
Setting achievable and measurable goals is vital to your health and fitness progress. It will keep you motivated and help you assess how you’re doing throughout your fitness journey.
Another proven method for success is ACCOUNTABILITY
10-Week Lean is an online fitness program I run several times a year for small groups of up to 20. It’s designed to transform your body and your lifestyle for the better through unique, uplifting workouts, a personal diet analysis and a supportive group who are all in it together! It’s an excellent environment for motivation and success and the groups so far have seen amazing results through mutual encouragement.
Just last week I got this amazing feedback from Helene, a member of the latest group – “I’m so glad I joined, I’ve been doing the exercises because I feel the accountability of being in a group” – it’s a really powerful motivator!
It’s all run from a closed Facebook page so we can stay in touch and I can share my tips and knowledge with you throughout.
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