Goal Setting

When setting a new goal we often forget to add the specific element into our program, for example,'I want to lose weight ? ' how much weight would you like to lose ? and by when ? Do you mind putting all the weight back on in three months ?

One of the best ways to health check your goals when setting your program is by using the SMARTER principles.

Specific (What exercise ?)

I want to lose weight X

I need to lose 5 lbs ?

Measurable (Planning for steady increase)

I want more stamina X

I want to play with my children without feeling tired and out of breath afterwards ?

Achievable (Can i achieve my target ?)

I want to drop two dress sizes in three weeks in time for my holiday X

I want to embark on a sensible weight loss programme to reduce my cloths size over the next 12 weeks ?

Realistic (Will i reach my aim ?)

I wont to run a marathon X

I wont to start a fitness program based around running so that increase my stamina and fitness so that i will be able to complete a marathon ?

Time (How long ?)

I want to get a toned stomach X

I want to incorporate more abdominal exercises into my fitness program ?

Enjoy (Don't put anything you don't like into your programme )

I don't like running but i hear that its the best exercise for the body X

I don't like running, i enjoy swimming ?

Relevant ( Your interest !)

My husband wants me to lose a few pounds and tone up X

I want to take charge of my health and make positive changes in my life ?

By following these steps when we start writing our programme we can simplify the changes that need to be made, also making sure that we are starting a plan which is right for us and will meet our goals.