Specific & Stretching – an effective fitness goal should be specific but it should also have some sort of ‘stretch’ or an element of challenge in it. This will help you attain even better goal.
Measurable & Monitored – you need to be able to identify when your goal has been achieved, that also requires a process for monitoring progress and that process should also be motivating for eg: if your goal is to run 10km without stopping then grab a map mark on it a 10km rout and each time you have run a few km’s towards the full goal mark it on the map that way you see visually what you have achieved towards the 10km goal
Attractive and Authentic – The goal should relate to something that is enjoyable eg the social aspect of attending the gym, and by authentic it means it should fit with your values. What you like and dislike drives a lot of our behaviour.
Realistic & Resourced – your goal needs to be within your capabilities and often our most important resource is time so if you know you may not have time to run say 1.5 hours to complete a 10km run then perhaps you may have to reduce that initial goal to something more manageable.
Time-trained and Tracked – all goals should have a time frame and should be tracked, make sure you have someone checking in to see if your on track to achieving your goals, this is why it’s a good idea to share your goal ideas.