The Best Way to Set Fitness Goals

Whether you're trying to lose weight, get stronger, or run faster, we all have fitness goals we want to achieve -- here are the best ways to set goals for the highest rate of success.

Make Them SMART

Remember "SMART" when goalsetting, and your goals will be much easier to pinpoint.

S- specific: Saying "I want to lose 30 pounds" isn't specific enough, but setting specific mini goals -- like, "I want to run three times a week"-- is a great place to start.

M- measurable: Assign a number to your goal, whether it's working with a personal trainer twice a week or whittling your waist down by 2 inches. These things are easily measured, so you can keep track of your progress.

A- attainable: High expectations are great, but you need to be real with yourself. You're not going to drop 20 pounds in 2 weeks (at least not in a healthy way), so keep your goals within reach.

R- realistic: This is similar to keeping goals attainable. If you're trying to hit a fitness goal, be real with yourself. Give your body at least one rest day a week, and fuel yourself with healthy fuel and lots of water to recover.

T- time-constrained: Give yourself a deadline! Whether you want to achieve your goal by next week, next month, or next year, assigning a date and checking in regularly will help hold you accountable.

Take Notes

Did you know that just taking a few minutes to write down your goals makes you twice as likely to achieve them? Write down your smart goals and watch them manifest.

Some examples of smart goals would be:

1. I want to lose 20 pounds in 4 months, so I'm going to run every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. I'm also going to work out with my personal trainer on Tuesdays and Fridays.

2. I want to drink more water, so I'm going to drink half my body weight in ounces every day for the next month and see how I feel. 

3. I want to get more flexible. I'm going to hire an in-home yoga instructor and work with them on Monday mornings for the next 6 months.

4. I want to lift heavier weights, so I'm going to add 2.5 percent more weight every week to my reps (ex: 10-pound dumbbells to 12 pounders) for the next 3 months.

It's not hard to set fitness goals -- you just need them to be SMART, write them down, and set out every day to achieve them!