If you’ve taken any business class, you’ve probably heard of the concept of a SMART goal — one that is specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic, and time-sensitive.

SMART goals make sense, but what if you’re trying to set a goal about a topic you know barely anything about and have little experience in? For those who want to live a healthier lifestyle and make fitness a priority, this is often a reality. We might know that we want to lose weight, get more muscle tone, and generally live a more active life, but it’s really hard to set much narrower goals than that.

Unfortunately, when we have goals that are too broad, they’re usually easier for us to give up or fail to reach. As such, we have developed this resource for people who want to commit to SMART fitness goals, but who might not know where to start.

Hire a Personal Trainer

This is almost the only piece of advice we need to give, as personal trainers will aid you in not only setting realistic fitness goals, but will also be there every step of the way to ensure you meet them. Instead of feeling aimless on a fitness floor at your local gym — hopping on the treadmill not because you want to but because it’s the only exercise you feel comfortable doing — signing up with a personal trainer will give direction to your fitness training.

When you communicate your general fitness goal to a personal trainer, they will be able to translate “weight loss” into specific, measurable steps, such as, “achieve 186-pound weight by this date.” Indeed, they can also provide weekly weigh-ins so you can see how much progress you are making toward your weight loss goal.

With personal training at our local gym in Bethlehem, you also have more diverse options than just working out with a fitness coach. You can engage in small group training or sign up for a specialized weight loss program called Body Transformation (BT12).

In any type of personal training, you can set specific goals and give yourself a plan for achieving them.

Consult with a Doctor

Getting a sense of your overall health can also help you to set SMART fitness goals. If your blood tests show any sign of blood pressure concern, for instance, your goal might be to lower your blood pressure to a healthy rate, as determined by your doctor. Similarly, if you want to lose weight, your doctor will be able to tell you a healthy body-mass-index for you, and you can create a fitness goal accordingly.

At your next check-up, don’t be afraid to mention your desire to get healthier. Your health care providers can be a great resource when it comes to wellness goals.

Your Local Gym in Bethlehem

Steel Fitness Premier is a local gym in Bethlehem that offers an inclusive environment for its members. Whether you have a regimented fitness routine or are just starting to commit to a healthier lifestyle, our fitness services can assist you. Learn more and become a member today!