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If you need a reminder of what SMART goals are and how they work, see below;
S – pecific, be specific about what you want to achieve through your training and an improved approach to nutrition
M – easurable, what metrics are you going to use to determine if you meet the goal?
A – ttainable, is the goal achievable and realistic?
R – elevant, does the goal align with a bigger aim? e.g helping your mobility, improving self-esteem, helping you train for that 10k etc etc
T – timebound – a due date or a deadline, this is why the six-week period is useful!
It’s very unlikely that any client will reach all their BIG goal or overarching aim in six weeks. But breaking the time down into smaller chunks will help to avoid overwhelm!
The SMART approach gives a clear focus and keeps you accountable. It’s an oldie but a goodie so why not give it a try in relation to your own training. Pause for thought and refer to it anytime you feel like you are losing your way or your motivation. And refer to it when you are measuring your success at the end of the six weeks.
Nobody said that adopting a new healthier lifestyle was easy. But it can be as simple as cultivating new habits. Experts in behavioural psychology have conflicting opinions on how many days it takes to form a new habit. Some say 21, some say 66. American surgeon Maxwell Maltz claimed it took 21 days for an old mental image to dissolve and a new on to gel. The idea that in a matter of days you can lay the foundation of a habit is a great motivator!
Even more inspiring, Author Gretchen Ruben said “Habits are freeing and energising and really powerful. If there’s something you want to do consistently in your life – like New Year resolutions – habits can make the wear and tear on following through so much easier. They get us out of the tiresome business of making decisions and using our self-control.” You can read more about her views on habits in relation to new year’s resolutions and goal setting here.
At Reactive, the six-week blocks can help you cement a habit. We encourage members to get out of their own way! to sign up for the six -week challenge and allot this time to bettering themselves. No excuses, no distractions!
And if you’re still struggling, ask yourself where you will be in six weeks if you don’t take these steps. Still playing around with your training? procrastinating about where it will get you? applying the focus will help. We believe in you!
Finally, it’s not all willpower and SMART goals, we do use some other handy tricks to keep you motivated. We’ve mentioned in this blog before that we use Myzone in the gym. This is a heart rate monitor with you levels on a big screen in the gym. That helps you to see where you are applying enough effort and where you can give a little more. You’ll collect MEPS (Myzone effort points) and once you maintain a steady rate over a period of time, your maximum heart rate will increase. This data is also really useful in helping you to reach your fitness goals.
The Reactive trainers can also help to show you how to get the most out of tools you might already be using such as My Fitness Pal, Fitbit etc
As trainers we want to encourage you to use the tools and resources at your disposal. Don’t go it alone – collaboration is key when it comes to fitness and test and learn as you go. A goal without a plan is just a wish after all!