Hey. Hi. Hello!
I’ll give a million dollars to whoever can guess where I am right now.
Just kidding, I don’t have that kind of money and I’m almost 100% positive everyone was going to say Florida, because that is the correct guess. I’m back here to tear up my college town for my second ever alumni weekend, which is the weirdest thing to think about, which is why I’m not going to.
Instead, we’re gonna talk about something even more fun. NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS. Or more vaguely just fitness goals in general.
I’m sure when the New Year came around, most people out there made some vague commitment to start working out more, or going to the gym more, or eating healthier, or whatever. I’m also sure that about 85% of people who made those lackluster goals have since fallen off the wagon.
Wanna know why? Because they’re not SMART. I don’t mean intellectually smart, I mean SMART, like the acronym SPECIFIC, MEASURABLE, ACHIEVABLE, RELEVANT, TIME-BOUND. I’m also gonna tack on SUSTAINABLE to this adage because that’s important, too.
Now, what exactly do we in the fitness community (or any community really) mean when we say SMART(s) goals? Well, let’s just break it down shall we.
It’s January 1st, 2019, and you’ve said to yourself, “Alright, this is the year I’m going to start going to the gym more.” Great, you have a goal, but it’s not really a goal. It’s more of an outline if anything.
An outline is a good starting point, but it’s most likely just going to result in lackluster performance and mild disappointment when you inevitably fail in a few months anyway. So, instead of saying, “I want to start going to the gym more,” try something like, “I want to start going to the gym three times a week for the next month.” It’s specific, measurable (three times a week), achievable, relevant, and time-bound (for the next month).
When setting any sort of goal, you need to have a clear vision for execution. It’s like waiting around for results to hit you in the face, it’s just not gonna happen. You need to grab your vision by the balls and just dive in.
It also helps to lay out major milestones in your life. Do you have a wedding coming up? Or an alumni weekend that you want to impress everyone for? Find a milestone in your life that’s going to help keep you on track and use it to make your goal time-bound.
I for one know that sometimes sticking to goals is difficult. You can make them as SMART as you want, but they also need to be sustainable to work. If you’re unable to make it to the gym three times in a week, then you need to head back to the drawing board to figure out what IS sustainable in order for you to feel like your goal is achievable.
I wanted to cut out carbs this past month, but also wanted to increase the amount of HIIT workouts I was doing, since they’re now my favorite way to train. After my first week of no carbs I quickly realized it wasn’t sustainable to my more important goal, so I had to reassess.
Your goals or New Years Resolutions are not set in stone. They’re malleable. So, if you’re finding yourself at the end of March slacking on any resolutions you set for yourself three months ago, head back to the drawing board and figure out how to make them SMART(s) so that you can make the next nine months your bitch!
Until Next Time!