Expert Author Jesseny Rojas

For many, getting back into the swing of our daily routines after a holiday can prove to be a task in itself. So with that being said, there is no time like the present to getting yourself back onto that swing so you can enjoy all the joys the playground of life has to offer.

Taking the time to simply write out your fitness goals will help you organize your plan of action while keeping you focused on the desired outcome. Having clear goals will assist you in planning your schedules by creating strategies to overcome the obstacles that typically get in the way. Work, dishes, laundry, children's homework, children's programs, cooking, book club, bridge, lunch dates, hair appointments, etc, etc, all seem to find time into your schedule.

How about time for yourself? Time for what you need and time for what your body needs.

First determine your primary goals. Be sure to include both short term and long term goals. Achieving short term goals will help keep you stay focused and motivated and moving forward towards the ultimate long term goal.

The simplicity of the S.M.A.R.T. principle will help guide you along this journey.

Specific: Are your goals clear and identifiable? Does each goal have its own set of objectives? Being vague in your goals will not create the focus you need in order to succeed in the desired outcome. Objectives are action based and specific enough to make the goal statement a reality. A series of objectives per goal is common as it may take small steps to attain your desired result.

Examples:

Incorrect: "I want to lose the extra 10 lbs I gained last year." This statement is easy to ignore as it is not specific enough in the method in which you wish to accomplish the goal.

Correct: "I will commit to engaging in an activity outside or inside at the gym three days per week for 45-60 minutes in order to lose the extra 10 lbs."

The difference is huge between the two statements, making you more accountable to the intended goal.

Measurable: Can progress be measured? Goals are better stuck with if results can be seen, felt or rated. Depending on the intended objective, there are a variety of ways you can measure progress.

Example: "Over the next 6 weeks, I will allot 45-60 minutes for my exercise routine, three times per week in order to lose the extra weight. I will monitor my progress by the jeans I wore prior to the weight gain which are now fitting a little snug around the waistline".

Attainable: Is it Possible? Creating unrealistic goals for you will cause frustration and lead to failure. Do not set yourself up for disappointment! Give yourself enough time to achieve your goals in a healthy and realistic manner.

Realistic: Is it probable? Whatever your goal is, you must set a realistic timeline for you to attain the desired outcome. For example, if you wish to lose weight, it is widely known that a slow and steady weight loss at 1-2 lbs per week is realistic. However, if your goal is to have the same figure as your favorite celebrity, please be honest with yourself and your naturally given body type.

Timely: When will it conclude? Setting a timeline in which you wish to achieve your short term goals and your long term goals or a few of your intended objectives increases your level of motivation.

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