Start your New Year’s health-kick with a bang with these five goal-setting tips with Team-Re-Claim’s Grace Lee.
Goal-setting is very important. It can be the difference between achieving success. Here’s some simple advice I give my clients when they start a training programme.
Make specific goals
A goal needs to be as specific as possible so you can work towards it and achieve it. Whether you want to get stronger, faster or smaller, having a baseline can point you in the right direction. For example, a bad goal would be “get healthy”, while a specific goal would be to lose a certain amount of weight.
Have measurable goals
If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it. A measurable goal would be to focus on losing 10 pounds. Once you have that, you can quantify your progress and you can establish a time frame. Your goal may be to master a pull-up, run five miles or go to the gym four days a week. Whatever it is, you should have a definite way of knowing when you’ve reached it.
Make sure your goals are attainable
While it can be helpful to set long-term goals, you need a more achievable goal on the horizon to keep you on track. You want to start small and see early results which encourages long-term consistency. If you set something too lofty straight away, it might be discouraging to not make progress as fast as you would like. You should also consider the size of your goal. For example, a goal of losing 30 pounds in one month just isn’t going to happen. You’re better off setting smaller goals that are easier to attain.
Set relevant goals
Finding your ‘why’ is easier said than done. Ask yourself, is this goal worthwhile and am I motivated to do it? Creating goals with motivation attached to it can give a bit of relevancy to what you are doing. For example, you may want to lose 10 pounds in two months in time for your wedding.
Be time conscious
Being strict about a deadline creates urgency. It’s also important not to set your sights too far in advance. If you give yourself four months to lose 10 pounds, that might be too long because you don’t have enough incentive to start work immediately. Instead, consider setting smaller goals along the way. Alternatively, maybe running a marathon is your long-term goal, but if you’ve never been a runner, signing up for a marathon that’s one month away is not realistic.
You should also be honest with yourself about what you’re able to accomplish in a given time frame. If losing 10 pounds is at the top of your list and you’re willing to make sacrifices in your social life and at work, you can attain that more quickly. And if not? That’s completely fine, you just need to adjust your expectations so they’re in line with your schedule and commitments.
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