Making S.M.A.R.T. Goals
If you are just beginning your fitness journey, it is completely understandable that you may not know where to begin. All of the information that you’ll find in books, blogs, and websites can quickly become overwhelming. Before you find a workout program or a custom meal planner, you will want to make S.M.A.R.T. goals. By specifically defining what you want to achieve and how you want to do it, you will be setting yourself up for success. Let’s review the process of making S.M.A.R.T. goals so you can get started right away.
WRITE THIS DOWN
Before we begin, it’s going to be important for you to write down all of the ideas and variables that you decide on. That’s not all, as I’ll discuss in a moment, you’ll also want to keep writing things down. This includes your workout programs, daily meal and supplement choices, and your measured progress.
It’s not enough to just say you want to “lose weight.” You need to be specific. Define a number in kilos and/or centimeters. If you want to gain muscle, how many kilos of muscle do you want to pack on? It’s also important to define why you want to do it. Attaching emotion to the goal makes it meaningful. When you write this goal down, do so in the first person to make it yours.
• Example: I want to lose 5 kilos of body fat in 3 months because I want to look great for my wedding and honeymoon beach photos.
Making the goals measurable will differ based on your desired outcome. For instance, if you are a performance athlete, you may measure your gains in strength and speed. Likewise, if you are a bodybuilder, you will measure your results via the muscle to fat ratio. Regardless of your goal, you will need to take measurements. A few examples:
• Measuring tape
• Body fat instrument
If you want to lose body fat, gain muscle mass, or improve performance, the question becomes how will you go about doing this? You need to have a plan of action in order to make things happen. If you want to gain muscle, do you plan on buying a gym membership and hiring a personal trainer? If you want to improve your overall athletic performance, will you create a periodisation programmes to achieve this goal? Think about the steps that you need to take before you begin your journey and write them down.
Short and simple: Don’t set yourself up for failure by overwhelming yourself. If you want to gain muscle, don’t make the goal to step on an amateur bodybuilding stage in two months. Break everything down realistically. Ask yourself if every piece of the equation is realistic in regards to the whole. It’s easier to start out with a series of small goals that work up to completing your ultimate goal.
If you want to stay on track, you need to give yourself a deadline. As mentioned above, consider the why behind your goals. Does that why have a timetable? If so, great. If not, then you need to create one for yourself. A deadline will help you stick to your program as importance has been attached to this goal. Continuing with the idea above, make sure your deadline is realistic. If you want to lose 10 kilos of body fat, don’t give yourself 3 weeks to do it!
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