“There is no point starting a journey without a destination.”
That old phrase has never been more appropriate than when talking
about your fitness regime. So take this opportunity to make 2013 the year you
set some goals and you’ll be amazed at how much it helps your development.
In all aspects of life we have to set goals, from studying
for exams to setting deadlines for a work project or moving house. So why not
carry this over to your training.
How to Set Goals
When setting goals remember to use the famous acronym:
SMART. In other words they should be:
S = Specific: “Get fit” for example is too vague. Use
something like “Complete 20 minutes on the treadmill at 10km per hour.”
M = Measurable: Use numbers detailing how often, how many,
A = Action-Oriented: These are the actions you need to take
to achieve your goals.
R = Realistic: Make
your goals moderately difficult, but reachable. There’s not point making your
goal “break marathon world record” if you haven’t even jogged in 15 years!
T = Timely: Create goals that you can reach in a reasonable
time so you can monitor your progress. For example, saying you want to be able
to swim 50 lengths non stop in 5 years time is too long a period.
A really good hint is to write down your goals and pin it up
somewhere you will see it everyday. Keep a training diary and mark in what you
did each day (even if it’s only a couple of sit ups!). And tell others about
your goals as studies show you are much more likely to stick at it if others
know what you are trying.
If you need some help setting or achieving your goals then
why not book some Glasgow Club Personal Training sessions. They will be able to
give you some great advice to ensure you’re training programme is up to
scratch. Click here for more information.
Make 2013 your Goal-den Year!!