With January flying by, many of us find it hard to stick to the health and fitness resolutions we set for the new year. On average 88% of new year’s resolutions fail, which leaves many of us feeling like we’re running a race without being able to see the finish line. A great way to combat this is setting yourself SMART health and fitness goals. SMART goals are: Specific to what you want to achieve, measurable, attainable, relevant to your needs, and timely.

As we approach different points in our lives our health SMART Goals will change. For example, someone at the age of 65 who suffers with a chronic medical condition, their specific goal may be to increase their functional capacity over a 6-month period. Compared to that of 25 whose specific goal maybe to loose 10kg in 10 weeks.  By keeping your goals SMART, you will be able to experience the benefits exercise has on your health and wellbeing; these include an increase in general fitness, management of chronic health conditions and improvements in mental and emotional wellbeing.

 

SMART Definition GENERAL SMART GOAL
Specific What do you want to achieve?

Who? What? When? Where?

I want to get fit I’m going to join the gym down the road with my significant other and go twice a week
Measurable Has to be quantifiable I will start running I will run for 20 minutes three days a week
Attainable/Achievable Should be practical I will do the a triathlon I will find an amateur triathlon training group
Relevant Must be appropriate to your needs I will see the doctor about my health I will ask my doctor about ways to best manage my health condition
Timely Set a realistic end point I’m going to lose 20 kilos I will aim to lose an average of 1kg a week before my daughters wedding in June

 

Setting SMART goals creates a clear pathway to achieving your new year’s health and fitness resolutions. With only 18% of Australian adults reported in 2018 to be meeting the recommended physical activity and strength guidelines, SMART goals are a simple solution to avoid the excuses of not having enough time or having to many commitments which many (37%) of Australians make.  At Absolute Balance, our Exercise physiologists can assist you in setting your goals, as well as providing exercises programmes, strategies and coaching to help you achieve and maintain your SMART goals for the new year.

Claire Hills ( B.EXSpSc,Grad.Dip.(Clin.Ex.Phys))
Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) (ESSAM)

 

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