YMCA Encourages SMART Goal-Setting for New Year

Saturday 12.28.2013 @ 8:30pm | ImagesAZ | Community


Many people make New Year’s resolutions each year with the best of intentions. Unfortunately, the majority of people give up in the first few weeks, only to resort back to their current lifestyle and wait another 11 months to try again. Frustration becomes the only constant because, try as we may, nothing seems to work.

Sharon Lynn, group fitness coordinator and personal trainer at the Desert Foothills YMCA says, “One proven way to set effective goals is by using the SMART method. This method will allow you to transform those goals into reality and break the annual cycle of frustration.”

Setting SMART goals helps ensure you can keep on track. SMART is an acronym for:

Specific: Goals must specifically state what is to be accomplished, easily understood and should not be ambiguous. For example, instead of stating that you want to get in shape set a specific goal of running a 10-minute mile.

Measurable: Setting measurable goals allows you to track your progress. Goals can be measured objectively or subjectively, or both. For example, you could measure your body weight or body fat percentage, or just notice how your clothes fit differently.

Attainable: Goals must not be too difficult or too easy, but realistic. For instance, maybe you need to lose 50 pounds. That sounds like a lot, so break this goal down and instead set a goal of five pounds a month.

Relevant: Goals must be relevant to your particular interests, needs and abilities. Maybe you desire to run a 5K race this year. Running sprints would not be the best approach to achieving this goal. Make sure your efforts are not in vain and plan activities that will benefit your goal.

Time-bound: Your goals must have specific deadlines for completion. Timelines can be both short-term and long-term, and should help you stay focused and on track.

Desert Foothills YMCA’s healthy living professionals can help you meet your fitness and wellness goals. Whether you are looking to get back into exercise or are an athlete, the expert staff will help you set and achieve realistic goals through mentorship and a variety of programs and activities for all ages.