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Understanding your Fitness Goals

Goals are the key to success when it comes to improving your fitness. Just “working out” because you think you should is similar to getting in your car and just driving because you think you should go somewhere. If you don’t know where somewhere is, how in the heck are you going to get there? You would never waste your time, fuel or wear and tear on your car if you didn’t have a specific destination in mind. Duh. So why do so many of us spin our wheels at the gym in a dither of dissatisfaction or boredom? So think about this:

What are you trying to achieve with your fitness?

If you can’t answer that question with a response time similar to someone asking what you do for a living, you need to redefine your fitness goals.

Do you want to get leaner? Faster? Healthier? Fitter? Stronger? More Energized? Less Stressed? Are you looking to get better at a certain sport? Are you trying to lose weight, gain muscle, reshape your body, improve your confidence?

How to Set Fitness Goals

Just like you do in business. You set SMART goals. And for those of you who may not know what this fancy acronym stands for, here is your 101 refresher on SMART goal setting:

SMART FItness Goals

SMART Fitness Goals

There is no doubt some debate about what the letters really stand for, and I did take some creative liberty here to move them around for fitness sake. But the general idea is the same. As long as you have a crystal clear image of what you’re trying to achieve, a way to measure your progress and success and a date to get there, then you are in good shape.

Where to start when thinking about your fitness goals

If you’re at a loss, please read my fellow fitness fanatic Greta’s post, Are you Aiming For Health or Fitness where she walks  you through the various stages of fitness. Greta is an amazing wellness advocate, skilled personal trainer and the creator of Fitness Inside Out author of the Wine and Chocolate Workout. Clearly, my kind of gal 😉 In her post here, she helps you understand the fitness spectrum and she gives you specific goals to aim for to help you progress.

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So now really think about it. Questions to ask yourself:

  • When you exercise, what are you working for?
  • Why do you want to do it and how will you measure success?
  • Is this something that is physically and physiologically possible?
  • Why does it matter to you? How will you feel when you’ve achieved your goal?
  • What date will you do it and what are your milestones?

Sample SMART Fitness Goal

I’m a runner and races are great. This is not to say all fitness goals need to be about running, this is just a super easy example:

  • S – I want to run a 10K in 45 minutes.
  • M – Running makes me feel good and the time clock keeps track.
  • A – Yes, I run 30 mile a week with a 7:30 tempo pace.
  • R – Because getting faster improves my confidence.
  • T – 10K race on 9/15 with weekly training plan in place.

Simple, right? Now what are your SMART Fitness Goals?

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