You really should work with (not against) what you’ve got; this includes your level of fitness, flexibility (both physically and in your lifestyle) and, inevitably, your genes. It’s important that you consider goals that align WITH the above considerations, and this is why we are always reminding our clients to establish SMART goals!
- Specific: ambiguous goals like improving strength leave you to wonder what “strength” means (i.e. upper vs lower body, overall, etc.). If you can’t elaborate on what it means, it isn’t specific enough.
- Measurable: at what point can you determine the goal has been achieved? How do you measure success?
- Attainable: consider your lifestyle and ability to commit effort to a goal – is this genuinely one you believe you can reach with your current work schedule or daily routine?
- Relevant: is this something you actually want or something you believe others expect of you?
- Timely: giving yourself a deadline will help you plan out how best to proceed. For instance, given a specific deadline, will you need to exercise 1-2 times each week or will you need to do more?
An example of a SMART goal might be to lose 10 pounds before the New Year. It’s specific in what you want to achieve and when. Additionally, with three months to go, it may be attainable if you’re willing to put in the work!