Tuesday, January 8, 2013

A SMART way to an amazing 2013!
   by Bob Wells, CPT, PES

The new year is now in full swing, and many of us are resolving to be leaner, stronger, and fitter in 2013.

The best way to achieve these things or that hot new body just in time for summer is by setting proper goals--SMART goals. SMART goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time based.

SMART goals take away the nebulousness that comes with vague goals. They also help to provide us with a better road map of what we need to do each day in order to stay on track to achieve our goals.

With the Boston Marathon approaching and spring/summer racing season coming, many of us have goals centered around running. An example of setting a SMART goal is the following:

My goal is to run a 24:30 (or better) 5K on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at the Riverdale Y 5K &10K Run. This goal contains all of the elements of a SMART goal:

Specific: Run a 5K
Measurable: running a time of 24:30
Attainable: yes, 24:30 is not approaching any human speed records
Realistic: yes, I ran a 26:05 last fall in my first official race. Such improvement for a tyro is common
Time Specific: Sunday, May 5

Use SMART goals to keep you on track to reach all of your goals in 2013 and beyond. Have a happy and healthy year!

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