How To Be S.M.A.R.T About Your New Year’s Fitness Resolution

New year, new you – right? We do it every year, New Year’s resolutions, and more often then not forget about it by now. Not this year! Join me in being S.M.A.R.T about your New Year’s fitness resolution.

 

SPECIFIC

My goal is to increase my core strength and reduce my abdominal separation (thanks to my 1 year old daughter) by March through tailored Pilates. I aim to perform daily Pilates at home as well as attend a Pilates class weekly. This goal is the first stage of my ultimate goal of getting back to dancing.

 

When writing your goal down, be really specific. The more specific, the more likely you’ll be to achieve that goal. I used the 5 ‘W’s’: who, what, when, where and why. Take your time to think through each aspect until you’ve created your own mission statement that you can refer back to keep your motivation up.

 

MEASURABLE

My aim is to do a double leg lower (an advanced Pilates exercise) controlled and to 45 degrees, and have no abdominal separation.

 

Decide on exactly how you will measure your goal. The more specific this is will allow you to clearly see the results of all your hard work. For example if you’re a jogger it’ll be a distance and/or time. Imagine how great you will feel when you achieve this goal. You’ll be able to say I achieved so and so rather then just I feel generally fitter.

 

ACHIEVABLE

To achieve this goal I am going to seek advice from another physiotherapist at Online Physio to create a 15 minute Pilates program tailored to my goals. I will also book my weekly Pilates classes in at a local studio until March.

 

What do you need to do to make your goal achievable? Are there any barriers to achieving your goals? If so, how can you overcome them? This step is vital as often we don’t foresee barriers until they occur and are the main reason we give up. For example, if you tried jogging in the past, but gave up because of an injury. Then it’s a good idea to see a physiotherapist to rehabilitate your injury before you start your new jogging program.

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RELEVANT

Core strength is vital to my daily life as a physiotherapist, as a mum and will allow me to do higher intensity activities such as dancing.

 

Any goal towards improving your health and fitness is definitely relevant to your overall wellbeing. It is important to consider how big your goal is though. You might be better off making smaller goals that will lead towards your ultimate goal. Keep re-assessing your goals when you reach your timeframes and progress them until you reach your overall aim.

 

TIME-BOUND

I will schedule my daily Pilates into my morning routine and book my weekly Pilates for the same time weekly. At the end of March I will measure and re-assess my S.M.A.R.T goal.

 

Scheduling in time-frames will keep you accountable. I recommend a weekly schedule so you know exactly when you need to be exercising. Otherwise a month will pass and you’ll still be starting on “Monday!” And an end time-frame that is achievable to reach your goal. Even if your not 100% there by your end time-frame, you’ll be well on your way and in a good routine. It is also a good time to re-asses your S.M.A.R.T goal.

 

Don’t give up after your first fail. Use your S.M.A.R.T goals to motivate yourself and keep you accountable. We can do it!

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