Achieve Your Fitness Goals the SMART Way

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January is one of the hardest months of the year. We’re feeling the pinch from Christmas, the weather’s terrible, and we’re trying to start the year on a positive note after weeks of overindulging during the festive period. If you’re finding it difficult to stay motivated for your fitness goals in 2020, you’re not alone. Many of us are guilty of setting unrealistic targets and then giving up when we (understandably) struggle to achieve them. If this sounds all-too familiar, then read on for how to meet your fitness targets in 2020 the SMART way.

 

While the SMART acronym is more commonly applied to achieving in business, it can also be an excellent strategy to use in your personal life and goals. Here’s how:

 

S – Specific (simple, sensible, significant): This means not giving yourself a vague target. Let’s take the example of improving flexibility. If you give yourself the resolution of ‘I want to be more flexible,’ there is no way of measuring how or when you have achieved this, or in fact what you are even trying to achieve in the first place. Instead, set a specific goal, for example, ‘I want to touch my toes in forward fold.’

 

M – Measurable (meaningful, motivating): This relates to the specificity of your target again. Being able to touch your toes is a goal you can measure – you’ll know when you have achieved it.

 

A – Achievable (agreed, attainable): Giving yourself a realistic and attainable way of achieving your goal. One of the most common fitness pitfalls is to assume that you’ll see an improvement overnight and become discouraged when you don’t, or to give yourself an enormous mountain to climb. If your overall goal is improving your flexibility, don’t expect to go from nothing to yoga every single morning at dawn. Instead, use the simple goal of wanting to touch your toes, and break down how you intend to go about that. What about including three spine rolls into your usual exercise routine? Or before bed? Start with an achievable breakdown of how you are going to reach your goal.

 

R – Relevant (reasonable, realistic and resourced, results-based): We’ve already talked about having a measurable result (i.e. touching your toes) but have you made sure you have everything you need in order to do this? This particular goal is nicely resource-free, and it’s a great first step to achieving what you want if that’s the case. But if your goal is to improve your swimming, is there a local pool? How are you going to manage this alongside your everyday responsibilities? Consider the club fitness facilities to ensure you have everything you need.

 

T – Time bound (time-based, time limited, time/cost limited, timely, time-sensitive): When are you going to achieve your goal by? Relating this back to making your target achievable and not expecting immediate results, when is a realistic time for you to have managed to reach your goal?

 

Remember, often the only thing standing in your way is you. Break down your targets and be SMART about them to see real results. 

Glasstic Water Bottle

This is a sponsored post however these are my own personal opinions and thoughts.

Check out my Glasstic Water Bottle in the image above.

Being into fitness and doing things such as yoga and going to the gym, I always have a water bottle on me. I love putting bits of fruit or lemon and limes in the water to add a little flavor and the best results come in my glass bottles which stay colder longer and don’t give that nasty metallic taste back. But unfortunately, I couldn’t take my favorite water bottles to the yoga studios or the gym because they have a no glass rule. And although I don’t mind drinking from a normal plastic bottle, it’s just not the same. Then I found the Glasstic water bottle and the game changed. It’s actually approved by most yoga studios because of its shatterproof technology. Its shatterproof technology which keeps any glass from breaking out makes it the perfect bottle for places that have a “no glass” policy. Even more important is it’s easy to close and lock top for the kids to use. With not having to worry about it breaking I can let them keep the bottle with them on the couch, in bed, or in the backyard without having to worry and you can’t put a price on peace of mind. Clean up for the Glasstic water bottle is also super easy. Busy moms know its super hard to find the time to clean a sippy cup and make sure it’s thoroughly clean and most are not dishwashable. The Glasstic water bottle though is and super simple to just separate the pieces and put in the dishwater saving precious time. The neatest part though is the ability to customize your own Glasstic water bottle. You can take your favorite prints from the ones provided or design your own and make it all your own. The kids have to have each their own and when one wants what the other has, changing them out is easy enough. Not having to worry about my kids breaking glass around the house or outside, and being able to enjoy my favorite refreshing beverages after a workout has really changed the game around my house. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is on the move with kids or anyone who likes to make their own drinks and hates the metallic or plastic taste that comes with the traditional bottles.

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Living right, eating right and getting healthier are my goals this year. Since retiring I have noticed a gradual weight gain. I decided at the beginning of this year I wanted to live a healthier lifestyle to be around a long time watch my grandkids grow up. This included being more active and even taking up some exercising and walking.

 

At my age, fixing to turn the big “50”, it is imperative I stay comfy while doing my exercises and walking. This is why I love prAna clothes. They are so soft and stretchable so workouts are a breeze.

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Their clothes are the latest fashion for workout clothes and casual wear! They are made so well even after a few washes they still fit and look the same as the day I received them!

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What I really loved about them is how true to size they are. Their size chart really helps when placing that order!