What is the first thing people always forget when starting a fitness plan?
We spend countless hours doing strength training. We go miles on the treadmill. We eat salads every day. That’s everything, right?
The biggest thing people forget to do when starting a fitness or weight loss plan, is to set a proper goal. “Oh, I have a goal. I want to lose weight”. Things like lose weight, be healthy, get fit, have more energy… these aren’t goals, they are dreams, and dreams seldom come true. How do I make a goal?
Let’s make SMART goals:
S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Attractive
R – Realistic
T – Timely
Here are some examples of a SMART goal:
Weigh 146 by June 3. Be 22% body fat July 30, Run a 5K in under 30 minutes by December 15. Be able to do 15 push-ups without stopping October 9.
Your goals should be very specific and measurable. Weigh 146 is better then lose weight. Goals need to be realistic. With weight loss in mind, 1-2 pounds per week is normal. Can you lose more then that, yes but the more aggressive of the goal the more aggressive of the plan. Finally it should have a specific end date that you are looking to reach that goal. Once you have that end date, break it down into monthly, weekly, and daily goals so you have landmarks to make sure you are on track. If you are not hitting your landmark goals, look to see what you need to adjust in your plan.
Thanks to Todd with for Life Development Solutions for helping us create this fitness blog series for our readers. We hope you find these tips helpful as you prepare for your upcoming wedding! If you have any additional questions for Todd, please reply below, we’d love to hear from you! Also feel free to let us know what else you’d like to hear us talking about in future blog posts!