The SMART Way to Selecting the Most Appropriate Fitness Plan
Many people would be more likely to exercise if they had a specific aim in mind. They are, however, not always conscious of what is best for them. This is why working for a clear goal will help you stay motivated and give your all throughout workouts, whether you’re new to fitness, returning to fitness, or wanting to improve your fitness level.
While it’s simple to say you’ll run a 5K in three months or lose ten pounds before the holidays, it’s vital to analyze your physical and emotional constraints. Unrealistic goals might lead to dissatisfaction and a desire to stop exercising entirely.
Read on to discover the SMART way (by the American Council on Exercise) to select the most appropriate fitness plan for you.
It is too unclear to counsel “boost your workouts” or “reduce weight.” Instead, ask yourself questions that will help you achieve a certain goal. Several examples:
- Do you want to enhance your fitness?
- What are your favorite exercises?
- What goals are you currently pursuing through those activities?
- Was this the logical next step in such activities?
- Which of the following fitness levels do you belong to: beginner, moderate, or advanced?
Your responses should bring you to your specified goals.
Setting measurable objectives will help you track your progress and stay motivated even when you meet setbacks. For example, you want to drop five pounds or shave off two inches from your waist.
If you decide to increase your walking frequency with the goal of losing two inches in three months, you can keep track of your success by measuring your waistline on a weekly basis. If you want to add a quarter-mile to your run, keep track of your progress each week. If meeting specific metrics causes you stress, you might opt to track your progress depending on your mood.
To achieve large-scale life goals like starting a business or relocating abroad, you must first achieve small ones. If you want to run a marathon for fitness, you should first excel at shorter distances in order to prepare for the longer one.
Begin with one of the smaller, more achievable goals (deserving of their own celebration); completing it will inspire you to set another (and another) while keeping the greater objective in mind.
Your fitness goal should be something relevant to you that also meets your needs. If you only have a short amount of time to exercise, strive to burn more calories in less time. You may want to incorporate additional functional strength training to make daily tasks easier to do.
Prioritize the health and well-being of your body, schedule, lifestyle, and interests in any situation. Choose workouts and training routines that are suited for your skill level and will help you achieve your goals. The more you appreciate and stick with the journey, the more probable it is that you will like it.
After deciding on a precise goal that feels both acceptable and realistic, create a timetable for achieving it. This will help you maintain accountability and stay on target.
While it may be tempting to lose 20 pounds in a month or to run a marathon in two weeks, you must choose the most practical and wholesome path. Consult a doctor, personal trainer, or other health or fitness specialist to help you set a realistic goal timetable.
When you’re ready to establish and achieve your fitness goals, keep track of how you feel along the way. Sleep improvement, increased vigor, and reduced stress are all signs of progress. Alternatively, if you are always weary, in pain, or injured, you may be overdoing it and should rest.
Setbacks can feel like a sprained ankle or a less active vacation. Consider the following events to be a delay rather than a complete halt. After, you can simply re-start your journey toward your objective when you are ready. Never give up!
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