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.