It’s that time of the year again where the ‘New Year, New You’ resolutions make an appearance, often to be forgotten at the first hurdle. It is often an ongoing circle of negativity when it comes to resolutions, especially when it comes to health and fitness. We set a goal that is ambitious without any real planning behind it, then on our first missed session or cheat meal, the goal goes out the window as we feel we have failed…. and so what’s the point of continuing?

How about this year you make a SMART goal instead

Specific – I want to lose weight, well if an individual loses ½ a pound in 8 months’ time then they have indeed achieved their goal, however for a lot of people they may find this a bit of a let-down. So let’s break it down further, instead of looking at just weight loss, be specific. Eg. “I want to get my bodyfat down to 15%.’” This is a specific target with a recognised end to the process.

Attainable and Realistic – this is where a lot of people can be misled by the media, they see an advert saying that getting to 15% body fat is achievable in 6 weeks. The answer is yes it may be achievable and realistic to some people. The majority of people however will have to sit and think about this more, as you have to look at current body fat levels, lifestyle choices, and activity levels to see if the end goal is achievable for them at the current time.

Time-bound – we need to set an end date to the goal. If it is left open-ended it is all too easy to get distracted and not really pay attention to it.

Having sat down and worked out all the above you are now ready to get going on the New You in the New Year. Is it that simple though?

Well, possibly not! Here is why… if your goal has been thought about long and hard but it’s a way off, the temptation is to just cruise along and not really focus on it as much as you should. You need to break the goal down even further into weekly/monthly SMART targets, these will help you keep more focused on the long-term goal. As a result of this, you may find that you end up with a list of targets and goals which is a lot longer than you thought it would be. It will also look more manageable and not so much of a mountain to climb.

Setting these smaller SMART goals also means that if something goes wrong along the line, it is easier to then adjust the following mini goals in order to compensate for this.

If you would like any help setting your goals for the New Year please feel free to come and talk with a member of the fitness team who will be happy to help guide you in the right direction.