No matter whether you are just training for fun, fitness or a competition setting goals to help you achieve what you want to achieve is a great way to get there and keep you motivated and accountable. Whether it’s to set a goal to go for a walk 3 x week, go to yoga class, run a fun run, lose weight, increase lean muscle, get healthy; you need to set a goal!
A great way to set goals is to use SMART system.
SPECIFIC Goals are clear and detailed. What do I want to achieve? Why? When?
MEASURABLE means you need to be able to measure your goal some how. For example: weight loss, has the number on the scales changed, have my measurements changed? Can I walk 5km in 1 hr now instead of 3km. I consistently do 1 yoga class per week. Am I feeling better? Do I eat more nutritious meals.
ATTAINABLE means the goal needs to be within reach, but not something you may have done before. It can be outside the box. Remember you can achieve anything you set your mind to. For example: increasing your walk / run from 3km to 3.5km the next week to 4kmtwo weeks after to get to walk / run 5km within a month.
RELEVANT means it needs to be meaningful and support you as a person with what you are wanting to achieve. Why do I want to achieve this goal.
TIMELY means you need to set a time frame for the steps you need to achieve your goal. Work towards a deadline. For example: I want to lose 2kg in 1 month for that holiday I’m going on. A little each day will go a long way.