Getting a fit and healthy body does not happen magically but requires constant diet modification, exercise and discipline to achieve this goal. Maintaining a healthy target weight, losing a few extra pounds or seeking a more toned fit body sounds easy but difficult to achieve without setting your goals and expectations in advance. A goal acts as a guide and directs you towards the body you desire. By knowing about and setting SMART goals for fitness and learning how to set them as health objectives, it will help you fulfill the healthier lifestyle you want.
The SMART goals acronym stands for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time bounded. Let's have a short review on how to utilize this concept in attaining your health goals.
When setting a goal, make sure it is specific in nature. Example of being specific is to state 'to lose 20 pounds' rather than a making a general statement such as 'to lose weight'. Being specific allows you to have clearer motives in accomplishing your dream.
Measuring your progress will help you stay on track with your plan. It should be measurable in order to evaluate the progress. If your goal is to lose 20 pounds, you can compute the amount of pounds you have to lose per week.
In setting up an objective, it is important for you to figure out how you can reach this goal. It should be attainable that it push you to success. If you are not firm in achieving your dream, barriers will be very hard to overcome. Losing 100 lbs or getting a bodybuilders physique within 30 days is simply not an attainable (or realistic) goal.
Although your objectives maybe high, make sure they realistic and not impossible to accomplish. They should be ambitious enough to motivate you to move forward but realistic so it can boost your confidence. You should be willing to do anything to achieve your goal. Cut your large goals into smaller ones that are realistic enough for you to do.
Time is important in establishing objectives because deadlines will give you a sense of urgency. In other words,every goal should have a deadline. A statement such as 'losing 20 pounds in 3 months' is better than 'losing weight in few months'. This will motivate you to realize your dream in a specific time.
Your success depends on how you set your goals for fitness and health as well as how motivated you are to accomplish them. Don't forget to reward yourself after achieving your goal as this will keep you motivated for the next goal but keep it something healthy like a new (smaller) pair of jeans rather than ice cream.