No matter where you are, it’s important to set goals if you want to get fit, lose weight or start any type of exercise program. Setting goals is a way to track your progress and ensure that you’re headed in the right direction. If your ultimate goal was to run a race and win, you’d time yourself and set goals to have faster times. For weight loss, you need to set goals to reach each week or bi-weekly, so you can experience success quicker, providing more motivation. There are goal setting tips for success that I like to share with my clients in Bloomfield that can help you with your own fitness goal.

Use the acronym SMART to help you.

SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Bound. You need to be specific, for instance, if you want to look better, you have to be more specific. Losing inches off your waist or hips might be your goal. Measurable should include a way you know when you’ve achieved your goal. With weight, it’s easier, since you can use a specific number of pounds. Your goal should be within your reach, losing ten pounds in a month makes it attainable. Being relevant means you’ll be vested in it. Your goal should be yours, not what someone suggested you do. Most of all, you have to set a time frame, because without it, you’ll never get started on your goals.

Make sure your goals are for something that you can control.

If you want to lose weight and end up looking like Barbie, you’d have 39″-18″-33″ measurements. Based on a 5’9″ tall frame, you’d weigh 110 pounds. Your shoe size would be size 3. That’s an impossibility for most people. You might have just the right genetics and physical makeup to come close, but you’d never be the “perfect Barbie.” As far as shoe size goes, if your feet are a size 8, no matter what you do, short of surgery, those size 3s will never be achievable. Some things are simply out of your control.

Don’t be afraid to change your goals.

There are lots of reasons to change goals. Happily, one of those is that you’ve reached your initial goal and feel you still have room to improve or look toward another area. If you set a workout goal and reach it too quickly, perhaps you need to change it to make it more in-line with your actual level of fitness. Maybe, you started walking and set a goal of walking for 30 minutes a day five days a week, but after a few months, find that you really want to get more active. Then it’s time to switch your goal to something more suitable to your new fitness level and level of ambition.

  • Some goals new supplemental goals to help you achieve your initial ones. If you know nothing about cooking healthy, learning healthy cooking is the first step to healthy eating. If you’re constantly negative about yourself, you need to include a goal for positive self-talk.
  • Set a specific time for measuring your goals. If your goal is weight loss, don’t weigh twice a day, every day. Instead, weigh yourself once a week at the same time each week.
  • Identify the markers that help you know you’ve reached your goal. It can be anything from the number of flights of stairs you run up to your blood pressure for fitness or both measurements and pounds for weight loss.
  • Choose things you enjoy to help you reach your goal. If you hate running, don’t use it as part of your fitness program.