It seems as though no matter where you look, all the fitness information floating around the internet is geared towards hardcore bodybuilders.
And while we love the hardcore bodybuilders, most people simply aren’t on their level.
As a matter of fact, most people are completely new to the world of fitness and are looking for simple information that will help them start losing weight as quickly as possible.
If that’s you, here’s how you can set SMART fitness goals and crush them every time.
Chances are you have heard of the acronym SMART.
It stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely.
Let’s break down each one and see how you can apply it to your health and fitness goals.
The average person will tell you their fitness goal is to get in great shape.
And while that’s a great goal, it has no teeth. What does that really mean?
A more specific goal would be that you want to lose fat.
Once you are clear about what you want to do you can start creating a plan to accomplish it.
Fitness goals that aren’t measurable are fitness goals that won’t get accomplished.
Narrowing down the fact that you want to lose fat is great, but you need to take it a step further.
How much fat do you want to lose?
If there is no number attached to your goal how will you track your progress?
How will you hold yourself accountable? The answer is you can’t, and you won’t.
Instead of just saying you want to lose fat, make it more direct by saying, “I want to lose 30 pounds of fat.”
This is a measurable goal that you can easily track.
The fitness goals you set must be attainable. Otherwise you will fail miserably.
Saying that you want to lose 30 pounds in 2 weeks is not attainable.
Losing 30 pounds in 8 weeks on the other hand is attainable.
When you think of a goal being realistic there are a lot factors that come into play. The biggest one being your personal lifestyle.
If you currently work 70 hours a week and only get 4 hours of sleep a night, chances are your body can’t handle a grueling training schedule.
At least not at this moment.
If you can only workout 2 times a week, chances are you won’t be able to drop 30 pounds in 8 weeks.
Its just not realistic.
And unrealistic expectations is one of the biggest reasons so many people never reach their health and fitness goals.
They become frustrated with their lack of results and just give up.
When setting your fitness goals take into account the many things you have going on in your life.
The results you see will ultimately depend on your level of discipline, as well as the amount of time and effort you are able to put in.
Timely (Deadline Driven)
What good is setting a goal without a deadline of when you want to achieve it?
The key is to set a deadline that is appropriate to the goal you are trying to reach.
If your goal is to train as hard as you can for the next 90 days, make sure your goal is one that you can reach in that time frame.
One thing you want to keep in mind when setting your deadline is your current level of fitness.
If you are completely new to training it would be best that you stay away from advanced lifting programs.
You should instead focus on a beginner friendly workout that will help you set the proper foundation.
Likewise, if you haven’t worked out in the last 5 years, don’t jump into a program that requires you to do all sorts different training protocols.
Its okay to start slow and work your way up.
Truth be told, it doesn’t take as long as you make think for you body to start adjusting to your new workout regimen.
After about 2 weeks you will find you are stronger and have better endurance.
Consistency Is The Name Of The Game
No matter how good you are at setting fitness goals, if you aren’t consistent you will never get results.
Working out 7 days straight and then taking 5 days off will never work.
Also keep in mind that its not just enough to train hard everyday. You also need to get your eating habits under control.
Learn how you should eat and what you should eat to reach your goals.
Because at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how often you workout if your diet is all over the place.
Here are a few nutrition tips that will help you reach your health and fitness goals.
Focus on keeping things simple.
While there is no need to eat chicken and broccoli everyday, it is a good idea to find 5 to 7 meals that you can cycle through on a regular basis.
By eating the same few meals you cut down on meal prep time and make it a lot easier to eat healthy.