Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Guest Post: Setting SMART Goals

I'm really excited to share my first guest post with you guys today! Michelle Pino of Skana Spa in Upstate New York reached out to me earlier this month and asked to share her tips for getting motivated and setting SMART goals. If you've been a reader for a while, you may recall that I wrote a post on Finding Your MotivationI am all about living a healthy lifestyle and encouraging others, so I am excited to share with you what Michelle has to say about goal setting! Even though May (National Health & Fitness Month) is almost over, that shouldn't stop you from setting health and fitness goals, especially since the unofficial kickoff of summer has just passed! Here is what Michelle has created for us today. Enjoy! 


Set Realistic, Measurable and Time-Bound Fitness Goals To Inspire Your Fitness Success

Whether they are work goals, fitness goals or just general life goals, you've been told countless times that setting goals is the key to success; however, you need to know how to phrase your goals and set them in a way that is actually attainable! If you're stuck in a fitness rut, setting achievable and measurable goals is a great way to help you break out of it and achieve your fitness success. Setting fitness goals according to the SMART system ensures that you can track your progress and will actually be motivated to meet them!

Your fitness goals should never be vague! A common pitfall is setting a goal such as "I want to be in peak physical condition by the end of this year" or "I want to lose weight." Although both are fine goals, they have very little motivating power when stated in such a vague way.

SMART Goals need a measurable component so that you can track your progress in achieving the goal. Thankfully, this is pretty easy for fitness-related goals; you can set goals such as a one-rep maximum for a bench press, jogging or cycling continuously for a certain number of miles or hitting a target body weight or body fat number. Having a concrete number to achieve pushes you harder to hit your goal by your target time frame.

Fitness goals should be attainable on the specific time-frame you choose with healthy, consistent progress towards your goal. Setting fitness goals is an amazing help to your progress and motivation, but it's not going to take you from couch potato to world-champion triathlete in a few months. The feeling of success after having achieved a fitness goal is uplifting and euphoric; setting reasonable goals that still require you to push yourself to achieve them is a wise way to improve your health and fitness.

What are you hoping to achieve with your fitness goals? Keep your goals relevant to your interests; a little fitness knowledge goes a long way here. If your desired end result is a lean and muscular body, set a goal to reduce your body fat percentage. Although any fitness goal will increase your level of general fitness, setting goals that are in tune with what sports you play or what you want your body to look like helps keep your eye on the prize.

Countless people every year make resolutions on New Year's to become fit or to lost weight by the time next year rolls around. Quickly waning enthusiasm combined with a target date that's far away lead to apathy -- before you know it, it's October and nothing has changed! Setting shorter time-bound goals creates a sense of urgency that drives you to consistently make the changes in your life necessary to meet your goal, and ensure that you don't slip into the trap of constantly putting off exercise or transitioning to a healthy diet.

The true motivating potential of goal-setting is only relevant when you set achievable goals that push you to work hard and consistently to achieve it. Concrete goals that can be measured allow you to know when you have successfully hit your goal and help you track progress along the way. If you're in a fitness rut, set some short-term achievable fitness goals and let your motivation and confidence build from there!

May is National Physical Fitness & Sports Month, which makes for a great time to get out and get motivated!  Try creating your own inspiration board to help get on track.  Use images and quotes that inspire you to live a healthier, better life!

 1.     Love this Nike quote: so simple but so true! Source: Women's Gear

2.     I’m really inspired by yoga for a number of reasons and is the core of my inspiration board. Yoga focuses the mind and body, teaching ourselves to find a spiritual balance.  I also love that yoga can be done anywhere, even the beach!  Simple yoga poses are simple stretches that can be done in the comfort of your own home or when traveling.  Yoga is great for beginners and the more advanced athlete.  Source: Yoga Class
3.     An easy way to feel motivated is to buy some bright colored workout gear.  If you feel good wearing it, you’ll be more excited to wear it when you exercise.  Source: Zappos
4.     As part of my initiative to spend more time doing activities outdoors, I’ve started to learn to golf at Atunyote, a New York golf club near my work.  What I like about it is that it’s a leisurely sport, nothing too strenuous.   Source: Turning Stone Resort
5.     The best way to start is by adding more fruits and veggies to your regular routine.  Try a tasty green smoothie as your mid-morning snack.  Smoothies are a big trend right now.  They may look funky, but they taste great and can be adjusted to your liking! Source: Flickr


Michelle Pino has provided these tips in hopes to educate others on how to lead a more motivating and less stressful life.  Michelle believes more focused approach put on our health will result in more balanced life.  Her hobbies include cooking, reading and learning about healthy lifestyles.  Michelle is thankful to have had the opportunity to work with Rachel and together share their ideas on “­­Undercover Diva: A Sitcom."

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