How to write SMART fitness goals
The new year is here and it’s time to set a game plan for your fitness and health success. If you are reading this, then you have probably decided that it’s time to make a change or need to form some new goals. A bunch of tools and frameworks exist to help you with goal setting. At Graviton, one of the tools we use during goal setting sessions with our members is to set SMART goals. Below are some tips and guidelines to help you get started.
What is a SMART goal?
The SMART approach is a clear and simple framework that became popular in the corporate world because it helps define and manage meaningful objectives. SMART is an acronym that prompts us to clearly consider and define goals as we set them. Here are some guidelines on how to write your own SMART goals:
Step 1: Write down the initial goal you have in mind. Your goal will likely be too broad and disorganized. That’s ok! The next steps will help.
Step 2: Transform your goal using each letter in the acronym.
What do you want to accomplish? Your goal should be clear and easy to understand.
How will you track your progress and how you will know when you have reached your goal? Making your goal measurable means adding a number.
Before you can add a number, you have to know how high or low you want to go. It’s good to optimistic, but don’t be too extreme. In contrast, a goal that is too easy is also not very motivating. Only you know your limits.
Set goals that are important to where you are in your life right now. Why are you setting this goal now?
What’s the deadline and is it realistic? Include an end-point. Knowing that you have a deadline motivates you to get started.
Step 3: Re-write you initial goal.Review what you have written and craft a new goal statement based on what the answer to the questions above have revealed.
Criticisms of the SMART approach
Writing a smart goal is easy. However, sticking to it is the hardest part. This approach is very useful when your goals are relatively simple and straightforward. Critics have argued that SMART goals do not work well for long-term goals. However, we believe that surrounding yourself with encouraging people chasing their own fitness goals will help you achieve your long-lasting success. At Graviton, our members are joining a fitness community of people focused on their self-improvement while sharing encouragement with others. If you are interested in learning more about our gym and training programs, then book your free intro consult with a coach today.
Doran, G. T. (1981). "There's a S.M.A.R.T. Way to Write Management's Goals and Objectives", Management Review, Vol. 70, Issue 11, pp. 35-36.