Why setting goals is crucial to your progress?
By NASM PT Desirée Cortez
Setting a goal is crucial to your progress. It enables you to have a clear, written vision of what you want to achieve. Many people create a common goal such as “losing weight” or wanting to “look better”.
You can use the table below to translate your common goal into a more specific goal, giving you a clearer sense of direction.
In the context of health and fitness, goal setting can be quite tricky. In order to clarify your personal goals, we I recommend the SMART acronym, when goal setting:
SMART stands for Specific, Measurable Attainable, Realistic and Time based.
- Specific – Goals should be specific; this means that you are clearly defining what you want to achieve.
- Measurable– Goals should be measurable; this means you have to be able to back up what you have achieved with measured evidence.
- Attainable– Goals should be attainable, unrealistic goals are frustrating and get you down.
- Realistic– Goals should be realistic; make sure your goal is broken down. Break down your long-term goal into smaller segments.
- Time-Based- Goals should be time based, which means that they have a timeline or a date by which they will be achieved.
Example of a SMART goal: “I would like to gain 5lbs of lean muscle mass in the next 2 months by implementing new intensity techniques into my workouts”.
This goal fits with SMART principle. If your goal, as an example, was to build muscle and cut fat, this would not meet the SMART criteria and therefore it’s less likely to be achieved.
If your long-term goal can be broken down into smaller segments, then you are much more likely to keep motivated and stay on track.
Now write a SMART goal of your own: