While you’re shopping those last few gifts on your holiday list, Celsius and I would like to remind you to give yourself the gift of good health. The tips and advice that I am sharing will help start you on the road to better fitness and health in 2013.
In my last video, I explained the importance of identifying the source of your motivation to be fit. Once we have a clear picture of what motivates our desire for better health and fitness, we are ready to lay out goals and take the next steps. Before embarking on any kind of journey, it is good to establish goals. S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym that I like to follow in any goal-setting exercise.
S.M.A.R.T. stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely.
While saying, “I am going to begin to workout and improve my health” sounds like a good goal, it is not specific enough to keep you on track. How often are you going to work out? What type of work out regimen are you going to follow? Instead, make sure that your goal is S.M.A.R.T.!
The following example illustrates how to set a S.M.A.R.T. Goal:
Specific Goal: I want to run a marathon.
I can measure my current running distance and keep a log of how much I progress each week.
It will be attainable if I listen to my body, do not go overboard with training, allow myself time to recover and avoid injury.
I can realistically run a marathon if I allow myself several months of training rather than attempting to run a marathon next week.
I must allocate enough time to training so that I can consistently increase my mileage each week.
…I just set a S.M.A.R.T. goal that follows a plan and sets me up for success.
S.M.A.R.T is a sure way to set yourself on the path to success in goals related to your health, business, relationships, or anything else in life. Rushing into hasty goals without following the S.M.A.R.T. formula can be setting yourself up for failure. Saying, “I want to run a full marathon next week” is not a good example of a S.M.A.R.T. goal because I will not have time to make necessary improvements and, before I even try, I have likely already failed. Being realistic about the amount of time, training, and effort it will take to succeed is a vital step toward accomplishing a goal.
Before we begin a new year, set specific fitness and health goals and begin a log of your progress, crossing off smaller goals one by one on your way to better health in 2013.
I look forward to sharing more tips to help you Give Yourself the Gift of Good Health this holiday season. During the month of December, I also invite you to enter to win a 90-day Personal Coaching Session with me to get started on a fit and healthy 2013. Go to the Celsius Facebook Page for more information on this grand prize and other opportunities to win!
†Celsius alone does not produce weight loss in the absence of a healthy diet and moderate exercise. In a 10 week published university clinical study in the Journal of International Society of Sports Nutrition with sedentary men and women, the group who drank one Celsius per day experienced Significantly Better Results.