The SMART Way to Set Goals

Getting started on your exercise journey can sometimes be a very daunting task. There are often feelings of confusion on where to start. A good plan of action is to set goals for yourself to help guide you and keep you on track. However, a goal such as “getting healthy” is too broad. A more detailed goal is more likely to stick because you will know exactly what it is that you are striving for. An effective way to goal set is to use the SMART method. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. Here’s an example of a good SMART goal for exercise:

Specific- I will start exercising.

Measurable- I will work out at least 3 times a week for 30 minutes each time.

Achievable- Is this realistic? You have to decide if you will be able to meet this goal or if it is too far of a reach. If it is, make it more attainable. You can always change your goal once you have achieved it. 

Relevant- Is this goal relevant and important to your life right now. You have to make this goal for you and no on else. You have to have the desire to achieve the goal.

Time-bound- I will work out three days a week for 30 minutes each day for 4 weeks. 

Now that you have a better understanding of how to set goals, you are one step closer to starting your exercise journey. The Healthy Lifestyle Center can help you by providing more information about exercise, nutrition, and proper goal setting to help you achieve your goals. 

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By Kerygan LaVine

Source: American Council on Exercise. “SMART Goal Setting Guide.” SMART Goal Setting | A Guide to Fitness Goals | ACE Blog, American Council on Exercise, www.acefitness.org/education-and-resources/lifestyle/blog/6763/smart-goal-setting-guide.