At Reformation Pilates in Ringwood, Eastland, we know the importance of setting S.M.A.R.T. goals. We touched on what S.M.A.R.T. goals are in a recent blog, but the real question is how do you make one? This technique is favoured among fitness enthusiasts, health coaches, and mentors all over the world and it just might be the secret to reaching all of your health and fitness goals. Start by being clear about want you want to accomplish, and then use these five steps to achieve long-term success.

Specific

You're much more likely to achieve your health goal if it is specific. An example of a general goal is "Go to Pilates more." Instead, your goal could be to "Go to Pilates twice a week for a month for better health." This tells you what you want to accomplish, when you want to accomplish it, and why you want to accomplish it. This gives you a specific goal you can hit easily.

Measurable

A measurable goal gives you the exact criteria you need to follow so you'll know when you meet your goal. Using the example from above, "Go to Pilates twice a week for a month for better health" tells you how many times you need to go to Pilates and for how long. Once you hit that one-month mark, you'll know if you have achieved your goal.

Achievable

Setting impossible goals is the fastest route to failure. You should challenge yourself by setting high goals, but make sure these goals are realistic and attainable. If you set a goal to lose 20 pounds in a month, that's both unhealthy and unattainable. If you're new to running and set a goal to complete a marathon in two months, you're probably not going to achieve that, either. Start with small, simple goals and make them more challenging with time.

Relevant

When it comes to setting your health goals, choose goals that are important to you and not everyone around you. Don't follow suit simply because everyone else is. If you're friends are trying to shed some weight but you're happy where you are, don't follow suit. If your goals are important to you, you'll surely find success.

Timely

A goal without a timeframe is useless. You can set a goal to eat healthier and be "working on it" for years. When your goal has a timeframe or deadline, you know how long you have to achieve it and are much more likely to get there. A goal with a deadline attached has a sense of urgency and priority.

If you've set goals in the past and failed to achieve them, setting S.M.A.R.T. goals might be your key to success. Grab a pencil and paper and set your first goal today. There's no better time than now.