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October 2nd, 2007

One of my top tips is to set yourself SMART goals to achieve your fitness targets.

But what is a SMART goal? A SMART goal should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time based. Once you’ve set your SMART goal you can then decide on how you’re going to get there.

So regardless of whether you want to lose weight, run a half marathon or complete the London to Brighton bike ride, you should write down your goal and make a contract with yourself. This will help you to remain focused on your objectives.

A general goal might be “I want to lose weight”. A SMART goal would be “I want to lose 10 pounds within the next 3 months by exercising 3 times a week and eating a healthy balanced diet.”

My main sport is Triathlon and I’m actually quite good at it. For the last 7 years, I’ve told anyone who would listen that I want to get to the World Age Group Championships. Have I done it? Of course not! Why, because I’ve never actually made a SMART goal or written it down.

I still want to compete at the highest level and therefore it may be time for me to write down my SMART goal. So here goes! “I David Harvie want to qualify for the World Age Group Championships in 2008. To do this I will join a local triathlon club and attend training sessions that include swimming, running and cycling.”

Why not write down your fitness goals and I’ll check and see how you’re getting on. Simply fill out the contact us form and tell me your SMART goals.

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