SMART Fitness Goals—Newbie’s Guide to a Becoming Fitter
Are you looking to become more physically active and are considering setting a fitness goal? If so, congratulations! Setting a goal can be an excellent way to stay motivated and help you reach your fitness goals. However, it is important to choose a goal that is right for you. In this article, we will provide some tips to help you select a fitness training goal that is achievable and tailored to your needs.
How to Create a SMART Fitness Goal
When creating a fitness goal, it is important to use the SMART approach. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. This approach can help you identify the exact goal you want to achieve and create a plan to help you reach it.
The first step in creating a SMART goal is to make it specific. Instead of saying, “I want to lose weight,” you should be more specific and say, “I want to lose ten pounds in the next three months”. This makes your goal more concrete and easier to focus on.
You can also ask yourself the following questions:
- Which types of exercise are your favorites?
- Do you prefer doing things inside or outside?
- What areas of your physical fitness do you want to focus on enhancing?
- Which of the following best sums up your fitness level: beginner, immediate, or advanced?
Your responses should, ideally, point you in the direction of a specific goal, such as: Given that I like to run, enjoy being outside, and have a good level of fitness, my explicit goal will be to run for 20 minutes longer each day out in the area with all the hills.
The second step is to make your goal measurable. It would be best if you decided how to track your progress. This could be through a weight loss tracker, a fitness tracker, or even a simple calendar. This helps you stay motivated and on track.
If you want to lose two inches from your waist after upping your walking frequency for three months, commit to measuring it weekly to monitor your progress. Track your weekly miles as an alternative if you aim to extend your run by a quarter mile.
Nonetheless, not everyone will profit from this strategy; if you are worried about fulfilling certain requirements, you can track your progress based only on how you feel.
The third step is to make sure your goal is attainable. While it is important to set ambitious goals, it is also important to ensure they are realistic. You can keep setting new goals while keeping an eye on the bigger ones you are progressively approaching because you’ll feel more confident after completing one of those initial ones.
Be honest with yourself and pick one of those more manageable goals, given your fitness level, if you don’t know where to start.
The fourth step is to make sure your goal is relevant. If your goal is to lose weight, ensure your fitness plan is tailored. For instance, if your fitness goal is to lose weight, focus on exercises that will help you burn fat rather than muscle-building exercises.
In any case, think about what will best suit your hobbies, manner of life, schedule, and body. Choose workouts and custom fitness programs that are appropriate for your fitness level and aimed at assisting you in achieving your objectives. You are more likely to enjoy the adventure and remain with it if they are a better fit for you overall.
The fifth and final step is to make sure your goal is time-bound. Give yourself a timeline to achieve your goal. Set milestones for yourself along the way and reward yourself for each one you achieve. To help you choose a suitable timeline for your goal, speak with a doctor, personal trainer, or other health or fitness specialist.
Now, you’re prepared to choose a fitness objective and begin working toward it, but remember that it’s crucial to pay attention to how you feel as you go. You’re getting more sleep, feeling more invigorated, and experiencing less stress, which indicates that you’re on the right track.
On the other hand, if you notice that you are inflicting recurrent injuries on yourself or becoming sore, you may be pushing yourself too hard and should take a break to reflect. It also helps to find the best custom training program for you.
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