New years resolutions usually go in one year and out the other. Are you a person who is usually so pumped about the start of a new year that you set unrealistic goals only to fail a few weeks later. Don’t fall into that trap in 2012. While goal setting is great to measure accomplishments, you should be careful with the types of goals you are setting. To avoid discouragement and to keep you on track.
According to the American Council on Exercise, a proven way to set effective goals is to use the SMART goal method which allows you to take those vague ideas and dreams in and turn them into reality. I recommend you start your vision board this week and create fitness goals that will transform your life. Follow the rules below for implementing SMART goals
Specific: The goals must specifically state what is to be accomplished. They must be easily understood and should not be ambiguous or subject to interpretation.
NOT so Smart Goal: I am going to get fit in 2012 and improve my endurance
SMART GOAL: I am going to be able to run a mile in under 15 minutes.
Measurable: The goals must be measurable so that there is no doubt about whether you achieve them. Measurable goals allow you to evaluate your progress. Goals can be measured based on how you feel and look, or both. For example, measure your body fat percentage and weight, and also how your pants fit
Attainable: The goals must be attainable. Meaning not too difficult or too easy. Easy goals do not motivate, and overly difficult one may frustrate you and lead to a perception of failure.
Relevant: The goals must be relevant or pertinent to your particular interest, needs, and abilities. For Example, When preparing for a 5k walking, running quarter-mile sprints would not be the best approach.
Time-Bound: The goals must be time-bound. by specific deadlines for completion. Time lines can be both short-term and long term and should help you stay focused and on track.