Updated: Apr 19, 2019
So you want to get Results? This is how: Be SMART about it. No, I don't mean having an IQ that rivals Albert Einstein. I mean S.M.A.R.T. - Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely. Pinnacle focuses on this principle, because it works - all the time. Just think about it. Anything that's of significance to you is going to be SMART. For example, if you'r e going to cook dinner, what will you be making (Specific)? So let's choose a grilled chicken breast with a baked sweet potato and a side of mixed veggies. Next, we need to measure out the right amount of spices and/or sauces for the chicken, potatoes, and veggies (Measurable), as well as the right portions to have that right taste. Now that we have the ingredients, do we have the skill to make this amazing dinner (Attainable)? If not, that's when I hope you would get some guidance on how to make this dinner. OK, say we know how to make this dinner, can we make this happen ( realistic )?! If the answer is yes, do we have the time to make this dinner(Timely)?
Now that we know what SMART goals are, let's put it to practice.
Specific - Have one or two specific fitness goals. Whether it's weight loss, increased strength, or better flexibility, know what they are and keep these goals in front of you. This will keep that fire going.
Measurable - Your goal needs to be tracked to see if you getting there. If you're looking to lose weight, measure your weight through a weekly weigh in. If you want to lose belly fat, do a waist tape measurement every couple weeks. If you want to excel in cardio fitness, do a 1.5 test run every month. But you need to measure your progress.
Attainable - You make it to the finish line one step at a time. Make sure your goals are attainable. "I want to lose 80 pounds in one month" might be a bit extreme. Losing 4- 8 pounds a month and sticking to the weight loss program for 10 months with a goal of 80 lbs weight loss at the end of 10 months is more attainable.
Realistic - It needs to be within your reach in order for your fitness goals to work. Be realistic with where you are currently in life. If you work 10 hour days for 5 days a week, a realistic program would be a workout program 2 - 3 days a week. If you're on the go, a nutrition program geared towards pre-made meals would be a better option than making meals yourself. Utilize a fit bit to get the 10,000 steps a day as part of your physical activity if you can't make it to the Gym for your cardio session. Let's be creative, yet realistic.
Timely - Have a deadline to your fitness goals, and generate estimated goals to attain by your deadline. Finally, reassess to see if you've reached your goal. For example, with weight loss, 1 - 2 pounds a week is general gauge to lose weight. Give yourself a month to loss the 4 - 8 pounds. This timeline will keep that fire going for you to finish strong! Who knows, you might even lose more!
At the end of the day, it comes down to RESULTS. If you're SMART about it, you'll reach you goal.
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