ESSENTIAL for Achieving Your Goal!
Many people resolve to start exercising and dieting but quit a few months later because they don’t see results.
To help you succeed use S.M.A.R.T goal setting.
Specific – Set yourself a goal with specific details. e.g. a goal to exercise more is not specific, but a goal to walk 30 minutes every day is specific. You’re mindfully declaring what you will do, how long you will do it, and when you will do it.
Measurable – If you can measure a goal, then you can determine how successful you are at meeting the goal. A goal of eating better is not easily measured, but a goal of eating for example 1900 calories a day can be measured. A goal of exercising is not measurable. A goal of exercising for 30 minutes three days a week is measurable. If your aim is weight loss, don’t expect to see immediate results – this is likely to take longer (2-3 months). For weight loss, it’s best to combine activity goals with some changes to your eating habits.
Achievable – An achievable goal is one that you have enough time to achieve. For example, if your work or family commitment doesn’t allow spending an hour exercising every day, then it wouldn’t be an attainable goal. However, 2,3 or 4 sessions a week might be attainable. If a particular type of exercise, such as running, is physically too difficult for you, then running every day would not be an attainable goal. Make it challenging but achievable to you.
Realistic – Goals must be realistic and important to you. Don’t set a goal just because your friends, family members or exercise partners have set that goal. Your goals are your motivators to continue exercising, so make sure they are important to you. Setting an unrealistic goal of losing a stone in two weeks will result in disappointment or the temptation to give up. Making changes is tough, and to be successful, you’ll need support and encouragement. Where will you get your support from? Is it a friend, family member, fitness instructor, or a group. Someone to say “Well done!” or “Keep at it you’re doing great” on a regular basis can make all the difference to your motivation and confidence.
Time – Goals are best achieved if you keep a record of your progress. If you have an outcome goal of losing weight or dropping a dress size, record your weight and measurements each week. If your goal is to eat 1800 calories a day, keep a food diary. Keeping track can help you evaluate your progress and stay motivated.
SMART goals are extremely useful in motivating you, keeping track of your progress and encouraging you. Setting out and achieving small attainable goals will go along way to helping you.
Be S.M.A.R.T and think about what it is you want and how you can safely achieve it.
It could be the difference between succeeding and giving up!
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