It’s very difficult to accomplish anything without first having the proper mindset. The truth is, working out and staying fit is not as hard as many people think. Setting your fitness goals the SMART way is key to achieving your fitness goals.
Whether you want to lose 10 pounds or lift 20, setting a SMART goal can help get you there.
Having a solid fitness goal is an amazing way to power you towards success, but not all #goals are created equal. While it’s great to have an end-game in mind, there are some best practices when it comes to goal setting. Whether you want to lose weight, improve your fitness level, or train for an event, putting the SMART method into action can help you achieve what you set out to do.
SMART stands for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely—all of which are important in reaching a fitness objective. SMART goals can help keep you on track and remind you of your priorities, so you’re able to follow through with every workout or healthy meal you have planned. “Being accountable to what you set is the only way to maintain real long-term consistency,” says Jason Loebig, Nike trainer and ambassador for HI-VIBE, a Chicago-based superfood juicery.
Get SMART and put these five elements into action when you’re setting your fitness goal.
“You need something that’s not too arbitrary,” says Loebig. “A bad goal would be, say, ‘get healthy’. A specific goal would be to lose weight.” You’ll narrow down that goal even further by using the rest of the method, but whether you want to get stronger, faster, or smaller, having a baseline points you in the right direction.