Gym Journal: How to Set Smart Goals for Yourself in 2015

Thursday, January 15, 2015

It's January, which means that every is setting resolutions to lose weight, eat better, and live healthier. But how many of us set resolutions, only to give up on them by the time Valentine's Day rolls around? We need to stop setting idealistic goals and start setting smart goals. 

If you've taken a business class, you probably know all about SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely goals. This is why a resolution to "lose weight" is doomed to fail. It isn't specific enough, there's no time limit on it, and there's no measurement involved. 

Here's my original list of 2015 health goals:
Run more
Lose weight
Tone my butt and arms 

Here's my list of SMART goals:
Complete 30 minutes of toning exercises for my butt and arms each week
Run three times a week for thirty minutes
Complete a 5k by the end of summer
Complete a 10k by the end of the year
Eat at least three servings of fruits and vegetables each day

Can you see the difference? Take your broad goals and think of steps you can take to complete that goal. Then put measurements and time frames on them. Make them SMART goals so that you can track your progress honestly and fairly. Keep in mind as you set your goals to make that two key components are that your goals are Realistic and Attainable. Be honest with yourself. Setting the bar high is good, setting the bar too high is not. Make your goals things that will challenge you, not make you miserable and make you feel disappointed with yourself. Keep in mind, too, that setbacks are normal. One misstep is not a failure. The only failure when it comes to your health is when you stop trying. 

Here to a fun, fit, fabulous 2015! Let's kick butt!

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