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SMART Fitness Goals by Mike Manderville

SMART Fitness Goals

 

 

The best way to get things done is to make a plan. Making a plan ensures you know what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. The acronym SMART goals is a well known system that anyone can use to make effective, rational goals that represent the progress you want to make. Once you decide on a goal or goals you can create a plan that will get you there.

 

Here’s my take on SMART goals:

 

Specific

Measurable

Action-oriented

Realistic

Time-oriented

 

Specific

Specific can be ‘I’m going to workout 3 times a week’ instead of saying ‘I want to exercise more’ or ‘this week I’m going to incorporate veggies in at least 4 of my suppertime meals.’ Having a specific goal will make it easier to track your progress and make sure you’re actually getting it done. Start broad and narrow in on a few specific goals.

 

Measurable

Something you can track will keep you motivated to see the results or hit the numbers you want to hit. When you see yourself getting closer to your goals it’ll push you to work that much harder.

 

Action-oriented

If you take action and put in the work you will see the results. This one is all up to you. Action=results

 

Realistic

We want you to succeed. You want you to succeed. Everybody wants you to succeed. Tell the coach or trainer what you want and they can tell you what is realistic and help develop a plan leading to success!

 

Time-oriented

Create a feasible timeline to ensure you’re working with an end in sight. That end might just be a pit stop on your journey but will let you create higher goals. It’ll also let you look back at what you’ve accomplished and in which direction you want to head next.

 

Change you’re thinking from ‘I don’t have time to exercise’ to “I don’t have time to NOT exercise!’ A trainer or a coach can help you find times in your busy schedule to make exercise a priority. The benefits of exercising are endless and will make you more productive with the other events in your daily schedule! Small changes in thinking will have a snowball effect for your own personal happiness and life in general. Exercise professionals help you make time for exercise.

 

Exercise is medicine and food is fuel!

 

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