SMART Fitness Goals

January marks the beginning of a new year, a fresh start, and a chance to map out your fitness goals for the rest of 2015. New Year’s resolutions are great, but how do we set goals that we can, and will, really achieve? In the remaining few days of January, challenge yourself to make SMART goals in order to help you stay focused and push your fitness and performance limits.

SMART goals are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely, goals.

  • SPECIFIC goals include descriptors and details that help to focus your goals and make them more concrete. An example would be, “I will bike 20 minutes, 3 days per week,” which specifies how long and how many days per week that you will do your activity.

  • MEASURABLE goals help you to track and compare data in order to make your goals more meaningful. For instance, “I will improve my 5k time from 25 minutes to 24 minutes for the July 4th race.”

  • ACHIEVABLE goals help you to stay focused by identifying goals that are meaningful to you. “I will lose 5 lbs, before my trip to Hawaii.”

  • REALISTIC goals should challenge you, but still be within your ability level. If you are just learning to ski, your goal may be to complete a 3 green level runs, without falling, by the end of the season.

  • TIMELY goals give you a time line or an anchor for your goals. After all a goal without a deadline is only a dream.

Happy goal setting. Setting SMART fitness goals will propel you towards your personal bests, as well as improve your health, fitness, and happiness levels in 2015.

Andrea Blois PT, DPT, CATC