We have probably all been there — you’re celebrating the New Year, or you’re envying your friend’s beach pictures on Instagram, and you tell yourself that this is the year you get in shape. More often than not, that goal slips past you and you find yourself in the same place the next year, wishing you had done more. Fit24 & Prana Fitness is here to help you break the cycle, with a 24-hour gym that is packed with state-of-the-art equipment, yoga classes, and a dedicated staff.

The first and one of the most important steps to making real progress is setting a goal — the right kind of goal. There is a reason that deciding to “get in shape” often leads to such disappointing results, and in today’s blog, we’re going to help you find success by breaking down how to set better goals. Start brainstorming today and get the support you need with fitness classes and certified personal trainers at Fit24 & Prana Fitness, Casper’s Top Rated Local® 24-hour gym!

Specific

The biggest problem with the goal of “getting in shape” is that it is too vague. Your fitness goal should be simple and clear. Mastering a skill like pull-ups or finishing your first 10K are two examples of goals that will be easier to achieve because they are well defined. You can also narrow your goal to something even more specific, like finishing that 10K in a certain amount of time or completing a certain number of pull-ups. That clarity can help you map out the steps you need to take to achieve your goal.

Measurable

Another issue with unclear goals is that there is no obvious finish line. How do you know when you have achieved your goal? How do you know if you’re making progress? When your goal is to run more than 6 miles in less than an hour, you can see your progress in the shrinking time splits on your watch with every practice run. You can measure how close you are to achieving your goal and better gauge what you need to do to close that gap.

Achievable

One mistake some people make when setting fitness goals is getting overambitious. You may see couch-to-marathon success stories scattered across social media, but for most people, taking small but challenging steps is more effective. You want your goals to be a stretch from your current fitness level, but you should also make sure you stick with something that you know you can achieve with a little more effort and time.

You can also break big goals into different milestones. Perhaps your goal is a couch-to-marathon transformation — a 5K is a great, achievable goal to start with. Once you’ve covered those 3.1 miles, then make a 10K your next goal, and keep pushing your limits until you reach your long-term goal.

Relevant

In the age of Instagram and the fear of missing out, you may be tempted to choose a fitness goal just because your friends have already achieved it. However, if it’s not something tied to your workout style or interests, then there’s a good chance you’ll never make it to that finish line. Your goals should matter to you. What is your motivation? What do you want to get out of this experience? Find a skill, event, or milestone that is closely aligned with what you enjoy and what you want, and you’re more likely to succeed.

Time-Sensitive

Last but not least, your fitness goal should have some sort of deadline. Even if that date is next year, it’s important that you establish a timeline so you can better track your progress and hold yourself accountable. For many people, that deadline might be “swimsuit season”, but remember rule number one, and pick a specific date so you can’t compromise with yourself and ignore your goal for another year.

At some point in our lives, we have probably all made commitments that we never followed through on. Don’t let your fitness goals fall into this category. By setting SMART goals – specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-sensitive goals – you can take the first step toward progress and achievement.

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