Want Better Health & Fitness? Set SMART Goals.

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Posted June 12, 2013 by Sara Hauber in Life After Five
SMART goals help you succeed in health and fitness

Just any old goals won’t help you reach the health and fitness outcomes you seek. Be SMART!

In my last two posts, I told you all about how to use a vision board to define the true health and fitness outcomes you want to achieve and then revealed that vision boards mean nothing unless you create a concrete action plan to achieve your desired outcomes.

Your homework was to do your research, finding out exactly what steps others have taken to achieve your desired outcome (or something similar). Did you do it? Are you ready to make your own plan of action?

In order to do it right, you’ll need to set SMART goals. What are SMART goals? They are concrete action items that are:


S = Specific
M = Measurable
A = Actionable
R = Realistic
T = Timed

It’s crucial to write yourself a set of SMART goals when creating the action plan that will lead you to obtain your ultimate health and wellness vision. If one of your action goals is measurable and time-sensitive, but it’s not realistic given your current life circumstances, then you won’t achieve the goal. To be effective, all of your action items should accurately reflect all five qualities spelled out above.

As a skilled wellness coach, I make sure all of my clients write the SMARTest action goals possible so they get on the path to their dreams as efficiently as possible. I offered some of my favorite examples of health and fitness SMART goals on the Facebook page for SaraHauber.com early last year. Check them out to make sure you’re on the right track while writing yours.

Then, go out and start knocking down those goals on the way to embodying your true vision of wellness!


About the Author

Sara Hauber

Sara Hauber, M.A., is a certified wellness coach, yoga teacher, and functional-fitness specialist whose mission is to help you overcome obstacles to achieve radiant health and vitality. Since undergoing complete spinal fusion for scoliosis, Sara has been empowering others to transform their bodies, eliminate pain, and embrace joy, love, and life. In 2012 she introduced The Hauber Methodâ„¢, her signature at-home method for eliminating back pain: haubermethod.com.

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