You CAN Meet Your Fitness Goals This Summer

Ok, so June is here…and almost over…which means it’s officially SUMMER.

Summer brings fun adventures and many reasons to celebrate.  It can be a time when people lose focus of health goals.  That doesn’t have to be the case.  Here are a few ways to keep your summer weight loss goals attainable and focused so you can actually make progress in your health and fitness while you’re having fun in the sun.

Specific: Make goals that are clear so you know what you are going to do. “I’m going to get more fit” is not specific. “I’m going to attend 3 Boot Camp classes a week” is specific and easy to track as to whether or not you got it done.
Measureable: You will have more success if you can see your progress.  A goal such as “lose weight” is not measureable.  “I will eat 5 servings of veggies a day” is measureable. You need to see how much progress you have made and you will stick with it for greater success.

Attainable: A lofty goal such as “lose 50 pounds in 2 months” is not reasonable (or healthy).  “I’m going to lose weight by working out 3 times a week and making the following nutrition changes…” is attainable. When you know your goals are attainable, you will stick with the program.

Relevant: Be sure what you’re doing is actually what you need to do to meet your goals.  I’ve seen people all over Facebook joining a 30 Day Ab Challenge.  If your goal is to get a stronger core, that is relevant.  If your goal is to lose belly fat, a bunch of ab exercises actually are NOT relevant.  You should have a very different plan of action. If you’re not sure if your action plan is relevant to your goal, please check in with me. I’d be happy to talk it over with you.

Time-bound: Have an event or end of season goal to shoot for to keep you motivated. If you are running, pick a 5K or 10K to enter in three months. Maybe you want to fit in a special dress for an occasion within the next 6 months. Use that as your carrot.

Helpful tips for SMART goal setting for the summer

  • Keep fresh fruits and veggies on hand. It is so much easier in the summer months.
  • Plan meals and recipes ahead to cook at home or on the BBQ.  You are less likely to indulge in higher calorie, less healthy options.
  • Keep easy to grab protein on hand such as boiled eggs or pre-cooked grilled chicken.  This will help cut down the quick trips to the carb cabinet!
  • Keep your workout gear packed in a gym bag or your bike on your car ready to go.  It is easier to get out the door and get active if some of the prep is already done for you.