It’s that time of year again. Time to evaluate the changes you want to make entering 2017 and determining the best way to achieve your fitness goals. Rather than enter the New Year with another flimsy plan, use the S.M.A.R.T. method to help you achieve success.
Goals are important, but they aren’t very helpful unless you’re able to identify exactly what they are. Rather than “I want to lose weight” you should set a goal to lose a predetermined amount of weight over a set period of time. If improving your fitness is a goal, set specific benchmarks that will allow you to track that like complete a 10K, hike the Grand Canyon, lift weights 3 days/week, etc.
Numerous studies have shown that when we’re able to track progress we’re much more likely to stick to a fitness plan. Rather than “I want to be healthier” you should set a goal to reduce your blood pressure or decrease your LDL cholesterol. Set up designated dates to check your progress throughout the year. If you’re goal is to lose weight, use an app like My Fitness Pal to keep track of your calorie intake and keep track of your weight loss.
A common mistake people make is setting unattainable goals. Don’t set yourself up for failure. A goal of losing 20lbs in 4 weeks is not only difficult, it’s also potentially dangerous. Make small, attainable goals, and reevaluate constantly. Your local FAST staff or a nutritional expert can help you set attainable goals.
It may be your goal to run more in the new year, but it may not be very realistic to set a goal of running a marathon in two months. Evaluate your goals and determine if they fit into your lifestyle.
Set deadlines that will keep you on track and break your large goals into smaller goals throughout the year. Rather than set a goal of losing 20lbs, aim to lose 4lbs a month over the course of 5 months. These timed deadlines will keep you motivated and allow you to reevaluate along the way.
Using a S.M.A.R.T. plan to set your fitness resolutions can help you achieve your goals for 2017. It is highly recommended to consult with a fitness professional when determining your goals and developing your plan. Interested in learning more? Contact your local FAST to set up a consultation and to begin 2017 on the right track.