What are My Top Tips On How To Boost Your Motivation For Fitness

In this article, I am going to share with you my top tips on how to boost your motivation for fitness. It’s easier said than done, however using the SMART approach will really support you towards achieving your aspirations.

For a large part of my adult working life, I have been driven by metrics. Whether it’s financial, material wealth or career progression, there has always been some format or structure with regard to goals relative to aspirations. However, whilst I have always kept fitness and well being on my radar, I can honestly that my approach was somewhat ad-hoc until the latter part of 2017.  It took some serious events that affected close family members and friends before I decided to take things seriously with regard to my health and well being.

In my working life, I had plenty of exposure and application using the SMART approach. It is this concept and approach that I wanted to adopt for my personal fitness programme.  So, what exactly is SMART?

In the context of personal fitness, the SMART acronym can be broken down and expanded as follows:

 

SPECIFIC

Rather than choose vague goals or goals not pertaining to fitness, goals should be specific to fitness, exercise or nutrition e.g. increase strength, lose body fat or improve core stability.

MEASURABLE

Any goals must be quantifiable i.e. a number must be applied to it. Instead of “I want to get fit”, a more measurable goal would be “I  want increase my VO2 max to 50.

ATTAINABLE

Goals should be agreed and any goals must be quantifiable i.e. a number must be applied to it. Instead of “I want to get fit”, a more measurable goal would be “I want to increase my VO2 max to 50.

RELEVANT

Goals should reflect several factors including current fitness and motivation level, resources available, size of goal and any other pertinent information so that the goal is relevant and therefore achievable in the proposed timeframe.

TIME BASED

Goals must have a deadline.  Open-ended goals do not drive action and provide no real motivation. Deadlines should be achievable but also put the client under an appropriate amount of pressure to focus action and promote adherence.

SMART is not the only way to establish goals but it does provide structure and an excellent framework for goal setting. Don’t be afraid to adapt it to suit your needs or specific requirements.
Goal setting WILL enhance motivation, which is an aid for encouraging exercise adherence and is a very powerful tool that will drive your progress and support your aspirations.