If you're trying to lose weight, get healthy, build muscle or get better at sport you probably know the first thing you need to do: Set some goals.
That sounds easy enough, but when you get down to it setting the right kinds of goals may be harder than you think. Too often, we set a goal and it stays there, hanging over us if we don't reach it. Rather than look at that goal and think of a different one, we end up punishing ourselves for not reach it in the first place.
Think about losing weight. While many of us focus on a certain weight we'd like to get to, that isn't always the best approach. We often pick an arbitrary number, maybe a weight we used to be or a weight we've always wanted to be, leaving us frustrated when we end up failing.
The number on a scale is never going to tell the entire story and, if you've ever lost weight before, you've probably figured out that the process isn't always linear. Your weight fluctuates from day to day, even from hour to hour.
So, if that's the case, what do you do? If you really want to get results, you need goals that will actually work for you.
If you've done any kind of goal-setting, you've probably run across the acronym SMART goals. That term stands for goals that are:
When you don't have a specific goal, it's difficult to keep exercising and to track your progress to see how far you've come. #mondaymotivation