Set a SMART fitness goal for the New Year

Bid adieux to 2011. Here comes 2012 and with that, a million New Years resolutions will be made.

How do you avoid setting yourself up for failure? Easy!  Follow the steps listed below and you will be on your way to making a resolution that lasts.

1. Set a Specific goal.

A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. Use the six “W” questions to aide in setting specifics:

• Who:   Who is involved?
• What:   What do I want to accomplish?
• Where:   Identify the location.
• When:   Establish a time frame.
• Which:   Identify requirements and constraints.
• Why:   Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.

Example: “Get in shape,” is a general goal. “Join the Aurora BayCare fitness center and workout 4 days a week,” is a specific goal.

2.   Make a Measurable goal.

Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal.

Ask the following questions:

• How many? How much?

• How will I know when it is accomplished?

Measuring your progress allows you to say on track and reach your target dates.

3. Your goal must be Attainable.

After you identify goals that are most important, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. As you continue the process you develop the skill, abilities and mindset to reach them.

4. Be Realistic.

Ask yourself, “Am I willing and able to achieve this goal?” Make sure everything about the goal represents substantial progress.

5. Set a Timely goal.

A goal should be attached to a time frame.

For example:  if you set a goal to start an exercise program “someday soon,” there is no sense of urgency to reach this goal.   However, if you set a timeframe to you goal, “by January 1st,”  then you have set your unconscious mind into motion to begin achieving your goal.

Happy New Year and shoot for the stars!

Whether you’re a competitive athlete or a weekend warrior, Aurora BayCare Sports Medicine’s experts will put you on top of your game. To start your customized training program, contact us at 920-288-5400.


About Regan Kust

I am a personal trainer at AuroraBayCare in Green Bay Wisconsin. Go Packers!
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