Written By Claire Lichtwark-McInnes
It’s that time of the year again. I have decided to support my weight loss achievements with some fitness goals. I am reflecting on how many of my last years plans worked out, on what worked and what didn’t.
How many of us have just made promises to ourselves that we know are unlikely to become a reality? This is not a reason to stop having goals whatever the time of year. It is a reason to make sure your goals are smart. Remember this? S.M.A.R.T. It stands for Specific Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timed.
Thinking firstly about specific. It is not enough to say to yourself I will get fit this year. Or even I will take up a new sport this year’. What will that mean in reality? What is fit? How fit? How will you get fit? What sport? An example of a specific fitness goal might be ‘I will take up running’.
How will you know when you have achieved your goal? An example of measurable would be ‘I will complete a 10km run.’
So many people fall by the wayside on fitness goals by attempting too much. Big hairy goals like ‘I will compete in an ironwoman event’ simply does not fit into most lifestyles.
Is it something you even want to do? ‘ I will take up running’ is not realistic if you hate running. Even if you like running, are you really going to complete a marathon or would you just like to run a couple of kilometres twice a week?
When do you hope to achieve your goal? Still needs to factor in achievable and realistic.
An example of a S.M.A.R.T fitness goal might be ‘I will complete the 10km fun run which happens in my town on the 8th of April’.
Then you actually have to make a plan that will get you there. Work out how you will increase your fitness level in time. Schedule your training. Maybe get advice on how much and how often you should train for this event. Most events provide information of this kind.
Enjoy your success!
Until next time,