on Tuesday, January 5, 2010in Help & Motivation
Are you already struggling to stick with those health and fitness resolutions you promised yourself only 5 days ago? You’re not alone! As a personal trainer and nutrition consultant I see the exact same pattern every January! Good people, with great intentions pack the gyms and line up in health food stores for a solid three weeks, determined to stick with their goals this time! By the end of the month though, they’ve somehow fallen off the horse and the only people that remain at the gym are the ones that are there all year long! So how do they do it? How is it possible to stay focused on a diet plan and workout program when so many other things get in the way? Once again, it all comes down to the plan. Use the SMART technique to keep yourself on the right track and really achieve success this year!
S is for SPECIFIC
Define your goals in specific statements. “I want to lose some weight and get in shape” is not specific. “I want to lose 10 pounds of fat and a minimum of 2 inches off my belly” is far more tangible.
M is for MEASUREABLE
How will you measure your progress? Will you gauge success by pounds melted per week, total inches lost or by body composition analysis? Keep a daily log of nutrition intake and workout routines while being consistent with monitoring and measuring progress along the way.
A is for ATTAINABLE
If your goal is to lose 10 pounds by next weekend, you need to revise. Set your goals in small, attainable increments to avoid frustration and defeat.
R is for REALISTIC
If you have always lived a sedentary lifestyle, expecting to run and lift weights six days per week at the get-go is unrealistic. Be honest with yourself about what you are really willing to commit to. Start with a dedication of three thirty minute workouts per week and go from there.
T is for TIMELY
Decide on a date or event to set your goals deadline for. ‘Someday’ and ‘eventually’ aren’t timelines. For example, instead of saying “At some point I’d like to run a 10k”, try telling yourself “I want to train for and participate in the Labor day 10k run”. This provides a specific time frame so that you can set a plan in motion to actually realize your goal on that date.Found this post useful and want more? Subscribe to our Blog feed
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