So, you have a goal, something to work for? If you do, thats awesome! If not, find something to achieve, even something small. We have all been there. We decide we want something and say “I want that” or “I want to do that”. You all know what I am talking about. Its akin to January 1st and a resolution.

But its different this time. Isn’t it? And it WILL be! It doesn’t matter whether its to lose 20 pounds of fat, walk or run a 5k or marathon, or even step on a stage in a tiny thong or bikini and strut your stuff. What matters most in this goal, is setting a plan. And being SMART about it. SMART goal setting is a great, simple way to both analyze your goal, and make sure you have a proper plan in place to hit that goal. Let me explain a little bit about how this works.

While no one part is greater than the whole, lets break it down for you! I will use running a 5k as an example, but keep in mind that it can, and does translate well to ANY goal you want to accomplish!

 

S – Specific - Run a 5k. Not just as simple as that. What I always recommend to my clients is to pick an event. It doesn’t matter if its your first 5k or your 100th 5k, it just matters that you have picked your event. Now sign up for it! Once you have paid your entry fee, you are now locked in. Now we can break the rest of your SMART goal setting down for you.

M – Measurable - Well we know 5 kilometers is measurable. Now what we need to do is set up your training plan so you can cross the finish line with confidence! What you do is you break down your training time into segments. So if your event is in 3 months, break it down into smaller chunks. A goal for each month, or week makes the whole event manageable and enjoyable!

A – Achievable - Always pick a goal that is attainable for you and your abilities. Lets say its your first 5k event. Likely, your goal isn’t to win it, but to do the whole thing, and not feel dead at the end! Walk, Jog or Run, it doesn’t matter how you get there, only that you are bettering yourself!

R – Realistic - Don’t shoot for the stars right away. If you want to compete in an Iron-Man event, but never done a 5k before, start with the 5k, progress to a 10k. Advance to short duathlons (run-bike-run) and then short triathlons (or even relay versions). Crawl, walk, jog, run….you get the idea!

T – Timely - Sticking with the 5k theme, if you have never done a 5k and you want to run it, don’t pick a 5k that’s in 2 weeks. Give yourself some time to train for it.

 

With proper goal setting, proper training plans fall into place. As such, you will significantly reduce your risk of injury, stay healthier, and be more able to enjoy the process. The goal is the reward for your plan, your work and your consistent determination to accomplish your goal. And remember, we at Strong Point Fitness are here to help you! Real people getting REAL results! To your health!