SMART and Achievable Goals 101: Your Guide to Fitness Goals and Beyond
You have dreams, you have aspirations, you have goals, but how will you achieve them? The key is a well-known strategy that everyone should be using to set and achieve their goals: SMART Goals. SMART goals are designed with five different components in mind to ensure they are optimized to be achieved. Whether you are setting goals in health and fitness, personal goals, or professional goals, use this approach to set goals you can stick with and achieve.
The first step in setting goals that you will achieve is first considering the big picture. Where do you want to be? Where do you see yourself? What do you want to achieve? Then, create several SMART goals to achieve what you are envisioning for your future. By breaking it down into smaller chunks, you will be able to accomplish one step or one component at a time towards your larger, overarching goal.
Now, let’s take a look at what each facet of a SMART goal entails.
- SPECIFIC: A SMART goal begins with being specific in what you want to achieve and how you will achieve it. For example, if your goal is to lose 20 pounds, break it down to be more specific. Make your goal, “I will lose 2 pounds per week for 10 weeks” or “I will workout 5 days a week for 10 weeks to lose 2 pounds each week.”
- MEASURABLE: When creating your SMART goal, add details that ensure you are able to measure and track your progress. The above example is measurable because you can track your weight each week to see your progress. On the other hand, if you were to make your goal, “I will eat cleaner,” this is not measurable, because you have not defined what “clean” meals are and how you will track it.
- ATTAINABLE: This step of creating your goal is important — it must be attainable, something you can realistically achieve. It would be great to set a goal of tripling your squat in a month, but that is simply not realistic. Make your goal challenging, but ensure you actually can and want to achieve it.
- RELEVANT: This is where looking at the big picture before you sit down and create your goals can be helpful. Ask yourself, why do I want to reach this SMART goal I am creating? Maybe you have envisioned being more active and being able to play with the kids outside, which is why your SMART goal is moving for at least 30 minutes per day, every day for one year.
- TIMELY: Finally, create a deadline for yourself. The best way to ensure you actually achieve the goal is by giving yourself a time when you must accomplish the goal — give yourself a day to look forward to and to work towards. As with the goal itself, ensure that your timing is attainable and realistic so that you can achieve it with flexibility and perseverance.
Chances are, some of your goals involve improving your health and fitness. These can be tough to tackle alone. Set up your SMART goals and take advantage of the Garage Grind Training resources, such as daily, do-from-anywhere workouts, custom meal plans, and a nutrition assessment.