Fit Friday: Be SMART with Me

It has been forever since I’ve posted a Fit Friday, so I think it’s about time to start again.  Typically these posts are about things related to fitness but can also be used in other areas of life.  If you don’t want to do this particular challenge with me, take note of the Be SMART section, and look for ways to use that in your every day life.

Challenge
Flower by Moby

First, let me say I haven’t done pushups in FOREVER nor have I done much strength training. I want to, but I really NEED someone to do it with me and hold me accountable. In the meantime, I’m challenging myself and YOU (should you accept the challenge) to join me.

The goal is to get through the entire song, and you can choose to do whatever you want: pushups, planks, tricep dips, squats, or anything else you struggle with and want to get better at. As you can see from the video, I’ve lost so much of what I worked hard to build up.  My form is awful, and I barely have any strength anymore, which is why I did the weird rocking thing with planks.  This is why I’m determined to do this.

I only made it ¼ of the way through the song on day 1 with pushups and then turned right around to try planks.  I was already so shaky that I could only make it ¼ of the way with those, too.

Who wants to do this with me?  Each week we can share our progress until we meet our goals. I have several goals for myself, but this is yours, so set whatever goal works for you.  My personal final goals are to:

  • Improve form
  • Improve stability
  • Make it through the entire song with
    • Pushups
    • Planks
    • Tricep Dips
    • Squats (My group fitness class is going to love this one!)

Be SMART

When you think of your own goals, break them down into smaller goals, and come up with a plan on how you can get to that point, then give yourself a time frame.  A lot of times we look at our overall goal, and it seems unreachable.  That’s why it’s important to break it down into more reasonable “mini” goals.

Now, most people will probably set one goal.  I have no idea why, but I felt the need to set 4.  Don’t feel like you have to do that.  Start with one thing.  Maybe your goal is to get through the song while doing pushups.  Then, set an end date; 30 days from now, for example.  Now, how can you get from where you are today to where you want to be in 30 days?  Maybe that means setting a goal to improve in form and add 30 more seconds each week you can make it through the song.  This means you probably need to start day 1 first to see where you already are.  Take video of yourself to see what you need to improve with form, and it’ll also allow you to measure length of time.  Take a new video each week to see if you’re meeting your short term “mini” goals.

These “mini” goals are called SMART Goals.

Specific
M
easurable
A
ttainable
R
ealistic
T
imely

How Serious Are You?

If you’re serious about joining me, comment on this page to tell me what your SMART goals are.  I will do the same.  We can hold each other accountable all while encouraging and motivating one another.  Did you know writing your goals down improves your chances at success in reaching them?  LET’S DO THIS!!!

Flower | Moby

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