Setting physical fitness goals and an objective can keep you focused and help guide you towards a specific goal. Nevertheless to be effective at reaching your objective, it needs to be exact, realistic and attainable. For instance, let’s take the objective “I’m going to go to the fitness center daily”.
Specific Physical Fitness Goals
To be specific, the objective would need to be modified by including 2 things: The length of time am I going to go to the fitness center everyday? And exactly what am I going to do when there?
An objective cannot be open-ended. It needs to have a specified ending point. Normally with this objective, I’m going to the fitness center everyday till I die! I regards to specifying, a much better objective would be “I’m going to go to the fitness center everyday for the next 2 months.” However as you’ll see next, that objective is not sensible.
To be realistic, I need to have a realistic chance of achieving my objective. The objective of going to the fitness center everyday is not. Among the commonly agreed upon rules of physical fitness is the body needs to have at least one day every week off so it can rest, restore and fix itself.
Our specified objective of going to the fitness center everyday does not permit us that one day per week off. So from a practical perspective a better specified objective would be “I’m going to go to the fitness center 6 days each week for the next 2 months.”
From the achievability facet, what amount of time daily do I have free that I can dedicate to going to the fitness center. Half an hour … 45-minutes … one hour? And what exactly am I going to do once at the fitness center? With my specified objective, I do not know.
The present objective is to show up at the fitness center every day. Simply going is not working toward a workout objective. We need to have a precise strategy of exactly what we are going to do each day while there.
The Restated Goal
A better specified objective would be “I’m going to go to the fitness center 6 days weekly for the next 2 months; 4 days will be a one-hour cardio regimen every day while 2 days will be a one-hour strength training regimen.”
Now our objective is specific (I planned out and understand which kind of training and regimen I’m doing every day for the next 2 months) realistic (6 days weekly at the fitness center with 1 day off), realistic (I have one hour every day to dedicate to working out). See the distinction? Specific, reasonable and attainable.
Write It Down
The 4th thing with objectives is they need to be written down and put up someplace where you will see them constantly. Typically on the fridge is a great spot as you’ll see them numerous times each day. If not written down, they are quickly forgotten.
When specifying an objective, do not set yourself up for failing. Make certain your objective is achievable.