Did you know most new exercisers will quit within 3-6 months of starting a new fitness program? One Gallup poll found that 55% of people polled wanted to lose weight, yet only 27% of them were actively trying to drop pounds. There’s a real difference between wanting something and setting attainable goals to get you to where you want to be. Unfortunately wishful thinking still doesn’t affect your waistline. So how do you set the kind of clear fitness goals you can keep? Set SMART goals.
SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time bound.
That means instead of gazing wistfully at the numbers on your scale, willing them to go down while you think to yourself “I’d like to lose some weight…” tell yourself “I want to lose X pounds over X months by doing X.”
What do you want to achieve? Whether it’s losing 5 lbs or 50 lbs, know the number. Know how you’re going to do it– are you going to get a gym membership? Start a running schedule? Sign up for a boot camp? Now is the time for concrete plans, so start off your SMART goal with getting into the details.
The only way you’ll know how close you are to your goal is if you can measure your progress. At boot camp, we call it an assessment. Body measurements, body fat composition, before & after pictures, body weight–these are all ways to measure your progress as you move toward your goal. Do a baseline workout today and try it again in three months. See how much better you do. Being able to check in with yourself in a measurable way will keep you on track and, as you see progress, motivate you as you continue to improve.
We’ve all seen the Biggest Loser. As amazing as it sounds to drop 80 lbs in 2 months, it’s not very realistic or very healthy. Its important for your fitness goals to be attainable. Healthy weight loss is around 1-2 lbs a week. Have a lot of weight to lose? Make mini goals. Losing 75 lbs might feel like an impossible feat, but losing 5 lbs this month is totally doable.
Why are you setting this goal? What makes it important for you? Maybe you had a health scare, maybe you’ve got a wedding coming up or you want to run a 10k or you want to be able to play with your kids without getting winded. The goals we are most likely to attain are the ones that are important to us. Know how your goal is relevant to you.
5. Time Bound
Give yourself a time frame. A target date requires commitment. Goals left open ended are in danger of getting sidelined for the inevitable every-day crises that arise. Write it down. What can you do today? How about by the 6-week mark? Or the 6 month mark? Put it on the calendar. Work toward that goal date.
So there it is. Make a SMART goal and you’ll have a better chance of getting to where you want to be. If you’re serious and ready to supercharge your fitness, Check out Cedarfit Bootcamp. We’d love to help you get on track!