Smart Planning For Successful Fitness Results

Smart Planning For Successful Fitness Results

January 2017

Successful fitness results and results in general requires determination, focus, and discipline but it doesn’t have to be as boring or hard as it sounds. In essence, it’s about establishing new habits of successful actions such as going to the gym and eating the right foods.

How do you establish new habits as part of your new healthier lifestyle? First you have to figure out what you want to achieve. The second step is to sit down and set measurable goals. A great help is the SMART type of goal setting - Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-bound (SMART).

A solid SMART plan will help you achieve your goals no matter what they are. It keeps you on track and reminds you of your priorities.  

Your plan should be a set of goals that you want to achieve and they have to be clearly defined. An example of a bad type of goal that you should avoid is “I resolve to lose some weight”. Good examples of great goals are “I will lose 10 kilos within 12 weeks”. It also helps to answer the W-questions; who is involved, what do I want to accomplish, where will I do it, when do I expect results, what are the requirements, and why. The last, “why” is particularly important. If you can’t figure out why you should do something it’s best not to do it at all.

As with all goal setting, it’s a great idea to write down your goals since this makes it real and conditions your mind towards that goal. It’s also a great motivational push to look back at your previous goals when you have achieved them.

Your progress should be measured and an easy way to start is by getting on the scale or trying to see what you can perform in a certain lift or movement.  Establish specific criteria for tracking and monitoring your progress and write down any noticeable changes in weight or strength to make sure you are on track. An easy and convenient way to log your progress is with one of our Workout Logs. Your progress will give you the confidence and motivation to keep on going.

Your goals needs to be attainable. It’s better to start with small subgoals to give you a sense of accomplishment rather than going for the huge end goal without anything in between.

The goals should be challenging, but not to the extreme since this often leads to discouragement.  

Some people set unrealistic goals and want a quick fix but unfortunately it doesn’t work this way. No one gets fit in one afternoon or in a week. Setting too lofty goals will destroy your motivation since you won’t get any sense of accomplishment even if your progress is great. The goal is always too far away and unattainable.

Be realistic and you will get there eventually.  

Time bound
Keeping track of time is very important because it helps you know if you are on track and also creates a sense of urgency. Whether your goals are short term or long term, they should have a set deadline for when you want to accomplish them. When you check in on your time-bound goals you will know if you are on the right track or if you need to change something.

Transformations doesn’t happen overnight so be patient as you continue with your workout and nutritional fitness plan.

In summary, SMART planning involves taking the time to sit down and write down your goals. Your goals have to be specific and measurable and also something that you can achieve. Make sure they are realistic for you and restrict the time you have to accomplish them.

You will probably run into minor setbacks but that’s OK, make adjustments and keep on going. Enjoy the journey! And don’t forget to reward yourself when you reach your goals!

You Might Also Like
7 powerful fitness habits on how to get in shape fast
7 powerful fitness habits on how to get in shape fast

Getting yourself in shape is not done overnight. It takes perseverance, dedication and time - just how much time depends on you and your habits. You might be aiming to improve your physical shape a little faster than normal if you have an event coming up or you can feel the summer just around the corner. Like with almost everything in life, if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing properly. No half measures, no short cuts, no extreme fad diets and no four-hour gym sessions. If you want to get in shape fast and stay fit over the long-term, it’s worth forming the correct habits now, so you can take a new recipe for fitness forward with you.

How to get your dream booty
How to get your dream booty

The dream of a sculpted and firm butt is nowadays shared by both men and women. Mother nature seems to have blessed some individuals with a stunning backside more or less for free, while others must dedicate a lot of time and effort in order to get that booty they're dreaming of.

The Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
The Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is one of the quite few foods that can rightfully be included in the "superfoods" category. Its unique combination of fatty acids has a number of positive health effects, not least because of the fatty acid called lauric acid which is the most important fatty acid for humans and our general well-being. It is mainly thanks to this that coconut oil has gotten its reputation of being something as close to nature's gold since this fatty acid gives the oil its antibacterial properties and its ability to fight bacteria.

10 healthy breakfast ideas
10 healthy breakfast ideas

What characterizes an optimal breakfast? What should you start your day with to stay satisfied all the way through lunch without a failing blood sugar? And how should you combine the different energy sources in the best possible way?

Back to Top