Design your goals in a way that motivates you, steering you in the right direction. Your goals need to keep your mind on the ultimate health and fitness prize. Without the proper insight, your fitness goals may go unachieved. For a better chance of success, perform a goal analysis. Analyzing goals using the SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely) criteria helps you achieve your goals by discovering and strengthening the weak spots.
Is it specific?
You may find it hard to achieve broad and lofty goals. Goals must be clear and specific. When analyzing your goals, look for words that show exactly what you want to achieve. Ask yourself: What do I want to achieve? How do I want to achieve it? For example, your goal may be to lose weight. Instead your goal should say that want to lose 10 pounds by reducing calorie intake.
Is it measurable?
If you can’t measure a goal, how do you know when you regress or make progress? With that in mind, each goal should have a unit of measurement. Your goal may be to run for longer periods. Instead, your goals should be more like running three miles without stopping. An alternative to performing more standard push-ups would be working up to 15 push-ups per set.
Is it attainable?
Goals should be challenging yet attainable. Goals that are too easy fail to motivate, while goals that are too difficult may lead to failure, according to the American Council on Exercise. So how do you determine whether your goals are attainable? Question whether you have the skills, knowledge or resources necessary to achieve this goal. For example, if you want to increase your strength you made need access to a gym or weight equipment.
Is it realistic?
Many people get caught in the trap of wanting to lose 10 pounds in one week. Most of the time this goal is unrealistic or downright dangerous. To analyze the soundness of your goals, ask yourself if you are willing and able to do what’s necessary to achieve it. Do your goals consider your current fitness level? Do you have the time and social support necessary to achieve your goals?
Is it timely?
Check your fitness goals to see if there’s a deadline. A sense of urgency encourages commitment. According to the American Council on Exercise, timely goals help you remained focused on those goals. Your goal should be either short term or long term. A short-term goal can include committing to not eating after 7 p.m. every day. A long-term goal may involve losing 20 pounds by New Year’s Eve.