It's that time of year to reflect on the last twelve months and resolve on goals for the year to come. Wanna know what the busiest gym day of the year is? Jan 1st.
A lot of people make fitness New Year's Resolutions but few will actually accomplish them. It's not for lack of trying, gym memberships, time, etc. it's because sometimes we make huge, unrealistic goals that are unmeasurable.
So how do we set awesome goals and crush our personal records from 2016? Make goals the S.M.A.R.T way. What's that you ask? Keep reading.
A goal needs to be clearly defined. When writing down a goal you want to achieve, it should contain a detailed description of what you want to accomplish, when you want to complete it, and the actions needed to achieve it.
For example: "I want to lose 1 pound a week for three months by eating clean, increase my cardio, and start strength training." You've got an objective, a time-line, and the tactics you'll use to achieve it. Boom! Goal set.
You want to set a quantifyable goal and make sure you have a way of assessing it. If a goal cannot be measured, it cannot be managed.
For example: "I want to reduce my body fat by 5% in 12 weeks."
Progress pictures are a great way to measure what you have accomplished, and literal measurements of your body are great too.
Too many times I see people making goals or resolutions that are way too vague and just unattainable; that is why having a goal that is measurable and specific is key to achieving an attainable goal.
Think of it this way, if you are 50 lbs overweight and have a goal of losing all of it in 30 days, nope, sorry, that won't happen. You can lose the 50 lbs, absolutely, but it will take a reasonable amount of time.
**And while we're on the subject, most of those "30 Day Challenges" are a bunch of B.S.**
Goals should be challenging but not extreme.
Very similarly, your goals should be realistic. A goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work.
Me, I'm a basketball player, and somedays I think, "boy it would be cool if I knew how to dunk." Is it possible? Sure. Realistic? Meh, not really.
This is where some introspection comes into play. When thinking of some New Year's Resolutions, really dig deep and ask yourself how hard you are willing to work to achieve whatever it is you set for yourself. Self-awareness goes a long way in goal crushing.
Again, your goals should always have a specific date of completion. The timeline you choose should be realistic but not too distant.
Instead of saying, "I want to lose weight by next year" (which is both vague and too distant a timeline) you could say, "I want to lose 20 lbs in 3 months." That is both attainable, realistic, specific and timely.
So as we head into 2017, think about the goals you want to accomplish, and remember, be SMART. ;)
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Stay Active everyone! And Happy New Year!