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Thursday, 8 November 2012

How to Achieve Your Goals

If you haven't joined my fitness linky yet, why not?! I'm asking you all to set three fitness goals to achieve between 12th November and Christmas Day. Just writing them down will help, but you do need to think about how you're going to get there too.

Step 1
Turn your goals from wafty, lofty aims into smart objectives. Each one should be

Specific - Don't just say you'll be better at something, pick a distance you want to run, a weight you want to lift, a number of times to attend a class.

Measureable - Make sure you can give yourself a tick at the end by choosing something you can measure. Plan your routes so you know the distance you've covered or activate that GPS. Keep a diary to log everything you do and then, in six weeks time you'll know you've succeeded.
Achievable - There's no point saying you want to bench 500 kg or run 2000 miles - that's just silly and not at all possible.

Realistic - Similar to the point above, don't aim to run 100 miles in 6 weeks if you're a beginner. Equally, don't under-estimate yourself - if you're already running 10 miles a week aim a little higher.

Timebound - Luckily for you I've set the timescale on this, so you know how long you have to get where you want to be!

Step 2
Make a plan. How will you achieve all this? Are you going to gradually increase your weekly activity or log as much time as possible straight away? Write what you're going to do over the next 6 weeks on a calendar and you should find it easy to keep on track.

Step 3
Support each other. Encourage friends to join in, make new fit friends on twitter and facebook. When you're feeling un-motivated they'll help you, when you're raring to go inspire others. Support is the key to success in this!

So, good luck everyone, let's get ready to rock the winter fitness.

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