Aimlessly exercising without any goals is a sure way to easily lose motivation and give up exercise. Write down your goals using the “SMART” method.
S = Specific. Be specific about what you want to accomplish using action-oriented words.
M = Measurable. Make sure you can measure whether you have attained your goal.
A = Action-Oriented. Use action-oriented words to focus on behaviors, rather than results.
R = Realistic. Making a goal that is too lofty can discourage you if you are unable to achieve it but be sure that you haven’t made your goals too easy either. Your goal can be high and realistic at the same time.
T = Timely. Pick a realistic time frame to reach your goal. If your time frame is too long, reassess your goal so you can keep.
Here’s an example: “I’m going to walk for 30 minutes after dinner on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for the next 6-weeks.”
Monitor your Progress
Retake your personal fitness assessment six weeks after you start your fitness program and then every six weeks after that. By gradually increasing the time and intensity, your health will be improved and your goals reached. If you lose motivation, invite a friend to join you or switch up your activities.
Starting a fitness program is an important decision. Through careful planning and pacing yourself, you will be establishing a healthy fitness routine that will last a lifetime.