How to get S.M.A.R.T. with Exercise: Submitted by Crystal Lynne

6 Jun

Many of us have the desire for a healthy and fit body but are unsure of exactly how to get started.  As you begin to create a fitness plan, there are various decisions to make such as  should you work out at a gym or at home,  should you hire a personal trainer, and choosing the proper foods to eat.  These decisions all come in addition to our daily responsibilities at home, at work, and life in general.  Often times it is discouraging to be faced with so many decisions simultaneously and as a result, health and fitness usually take a back seat to the other pressing issues in our lives.

Creating a fitness plan does not have to be a burden any longer because getting started can be as simple as setting a personal goal and creating a S.M.A.R.T. program for success!

S= Specific goal. Set both a long-term and short-term goal for yourself.  Where would you like to see yourself in 1 month or in 1 year?

M= Measurable goal.  Set a goal you can track.  For example, I can measure how close I am to my goal weight by……weighing myself once a month.

A= Action Steps.  What actions will you take to reach the goal(s) you have set?  Days/times/activities. For example, I will run on the treadmill 3 days a week for 1 hour to meet my weight loss goal.

R=Realistic.  Be realistic about some of the barriers you might face in your quest to become fit.  Think big, but begin with small goals that are easily attainable which build confidence.  For example, I will lose at least 1 lb/week if I stick with my fitness plan.

T=Time.  Set a specific time frame in which to reach your goal. it would be great to set a specific date. For example, by January 1, 2012 I will be 30 lbs lighter.

**Points to remember:  Think positive thoughts, reward yourself, recruit support from loved ones, and recognize that there is a process to becoming successful.  Remember that you can do all things through Christ which strengthens you!** 

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