How to Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals for Optimal Exercise

Set goals and celebrate small wins along the way.
— Julie Graham

When you’re thinking about losing 25 pounds and running a 5K, but right now you can’t run one, you might be setting yourself up for failure. S.M.A.R.T. goals are an easy way to get things going. Remember, it’s all about making small, achievable goals, keeping it “moving” and staying positive.

Julie’s Tips for Setting Goals:

1. Are you ready? If not, change your mindset. You can do it!

2. Start small: Slow and gradual progression is what works best.

3. Stay focused. When you fall off, get back on track. That’s life.

4. Prepare for barriers, lapses and setbacks. Again, that’s life.

5. Remain positive. Pick yourself up and get back on track!

Encouragement From Julie

As a Health Coach, I can help you figure out your fitness goals and then revisit your progress/setbacks and re-adjust, if necessary. I can help you be more specific in what you want to accomplish, how you plan to do implement change, using the tools of Positive Psychology. For example, if you want to exercise more, I can help you set a goal to walk three times per week for thirty minutes, and check in with you on your progress over a set timeline. We all can use a coach!

When embarking on any fitness program, check in with your doctor, or better yet, make an appointment with Dr. Rob at FRESH Med. We will help you set S.M.A.R.T. goals!