What are the 5 SMART goal settings and what do they mean?
- Specific. Be clear and SPECIFIC about your goal. If you are too vague, it will be hard to stay motivation because you do not have a clear path to follow. What is your goal and why do you want to achieve this?
- Measurable. Accurately track your progress. By tracking your progress accurately you will know when you have reached your goal. There are lots of ways to measure progress. Some basic examples of measuring your progress would be, visually (Pictures), by Weightloss or music gain, Time (Endurance) and performance of exercises. It is important that you make a physical assessment before training and during your training periods to ensure you are on the right track to reaching your goals.
- Attainable. If it is too ambitious it will be hard to achieve it. Be realistic about your goal, Can you lose X amount of weight in X amount of time? It is healthy to lose 1.5kg of weight a week. Anything more than 2kg of weight may result in health conditions.
- Relevant. Ensure the actions are relevant to meeting your end goal. Think about what facilities, resources and equipment you have access to. What will you need to achieve this goal? If you do not have access to the correct equipment, you will be unable to meet your goal.
- Time-Bound. Your goals should be measured or restricted by time. Think about when you would like to achieve this and ensure you have given yourself enough time to reach this goal.
What are some examples of SMART goals
An example of a Smart goal would be
“I want to lose 48 lbs by June 25th 2021, to look better in my outfits. I will ensure I perform 1 hour of cardio 5 times a week and cut my calories by 500 calories per day”
“I want to perform 6 squats with 70kg by April 30th 2021 to improve my strength. I will perform 1 hour of strength training per day, five times a week”
7 steps to writing your SMART goal
Write what you want to achieve in one year.
Break it down into 6 months.
Make it specific.
Ensure you can track and measure your progress
Check that your actions and your performance are clear and relevant to reaching your goal
Be realistic about your goals and your daily routines (Children, Work commitments)
And remember to give yourself a deadline to work towards.
Now you are ready to begin writing yourself a programme. By writing your SMART goals, you will now know specific exercises you will need to carry out to meet your goal. Whether this is for the gym, outdoors or home workouts. Remember, fail to plan is planning to fail.