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Lesson 2: Exercise Goal Setting; Get S.M.A.R.T.

In our minds, we typically like to set ourselves up with certain standards to live by. Some of the expectations we have for ourselves may be much higher than where we are in life, which can lead to frustration. Breaking the way we set goals for ourselves into smaller, attainable goals which can be overcome in a shorter amount of time will ultimately lead to that big goal we want to get to.

To set yourself up for success on your weight loss journey through exercise goal setting is to start off by setting your exercise goals to be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and trackable. This means starting off by being realistic with yourself and coming up with smaller exercise goals that you can overcome within a week and slowly adding on the amount of time, weight, or exercises done in that specific time frame.

Much like in the first lesson topic on setting smart goals, a great takeaway from this lesson is that habits do not break overnight. Great results take time, do not force yourself to do anything that could possibly cause injury. If you are thinking about doing any workout that requires a strict form, heavy resistance training, or strength training, a personal trainer is the best option for you.

“If you set the bar up too high to start off, you are going to set yourself up for disappointment and possibly not want to continue your exercise program. What patients need to remember is that the bare minimum of exercise is important and over time will add up towards weight loss, and help change your mindset in the long run of the journey,” Coach Marshall, Trinity Medical Weight Loss.

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