Do your research!

I recently gave a seminar locally, that had many women in attendance, representing 3 different companies.  I spoke on Women and Fitness, specifically on program design, planning, nutrition, and our motivations and obstacles most often faced.  I entered the room with the goal and mission to create that “ah-ha” moment and left with more than that!

After speaking with a lot of the women, more were inclined to take responsibility for themselves, research, and not beat themselves up.  Life changes and so we have to change.  This change comes from recognizing where we are, identifying what needs to happen, and creating a movement in the right direction, one step at a time.  Usually, a personal trainer will refer to forming SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely.  After a little research, I’ve adopted a new SMART approach: Simple, Meaningful, Appropriate, Result-based, and Trackable.

Simple:  Change one aspect of your diet each week, not the whole thing at once.  It may be to overwhelming.

Meaningful:  Would you like to be mobile to play with your grandchildren?

Appropriate:  If you haven’t been working out in years, don’t try to schedule a workout 5 days/wk.

Result-based:  Are you fitting into pants?  Has your cholesterol or blood pressure gone down?

Trackable:  Do you see a pattern that you might need to fix or stick with?