"Greatness is not measured by what a man or woman accomplishes, but by the opposition he or she has overcome to reach his goals." - Dorothy Height
Setting goals is huge part of continually seeing progress in your fitness. If you haven't started exercising, setting goals is a huge part of getting started.
Basically, goals are what gets people going and keeps them going in their fitness journey.
Goals motivate, inspire, and drive us to reach new heights.
When it comes to setting goals, the SMART acronym is a great guide.
1) Specific - your goal should be well defined and easy for anyone to understand.
"To get healthy" would be too general. Rather "To lose weight" would be more appropriate.
2) Measurable - you must be able to know when you have achieved your goal. Adding a number to your goal is an effective way.
"I will lose 5 pounds."
3) Attainable - make sure the goal is possible to reach, but not too easy. Goals that are set too low are unmotivating and goals set too high only discourage you.
For example, if you are setting a goal to lose weight, 1-2 pounds per week is an attainable range to aim for.
4) Realistic - set goals that correspond to where you are at in life right now. Know your availablity of resources, knowledge, and time.
5) Timely - set a deadline for the goal to be achieved, but allow enough time that is possible to reach your goal. Having a deadline further motivates you to get started.
"I will lose five pounds in one month."
"I will add 25 pounds to my squat in two months."
"I will walk for 30 minutes everyday for two weeks."
Whatever you you want to achieve, make a SMART goal and get started. Now is the time!
Till next time,