Posted on July 10, 2018 by Josh Puttock

You set yourself goals in everyday life, so why not do it when you exercise to help yourself achieve even better results? It makes all the difference…

Even if you have an idea in your head about what you want to achieve from training, these thoughts can often get lost and mixed up with the hustle and bustle of daily life.

If you spend five or ten minutes jotting your ideas down, planning your sessions and working out what you want to achieve, your results will improve.

So, commit to structuring your weekly plan – and the sessions within it. Below, we list just some of the reasons why it’s a change you should make!

1) Boost motivation

The sought after word. Everyone struggles to find motivation on a Monday morning, or when they’re on the train home after a long day at work.

Goal setting provides you with direction, as you know what you want to achieve and you can see an endpoint. In turn, this will increase your persistence and drive to want to go and train.

2) Feel the satisfaction

Having a positive mental wellbeing is what many people strive for. Not only does goal setting reduce mental stress as you have a clear written plan, but it boosts your self-esteem too.

Once you have achieved your goal, it will give you a sense of your personal potential and leave you with a feeling of pride. Who doesn’t want that?

3) Surprise yourself

When wanting to lose a certain amount of weight, reach a specific fitness target or achieve a certain sporting goal such as running a marathon, it can seem like a very daunting prospect.

Creating smaller goals within larger goals can make a task seem a lot less intimidating, and by creating small milestones you will help boost your confidence to achieve your main goal.

4) Enhance performance

Don’t just train and go through the motions. Having a goal will provide you with the drive to push yourself to do better.

Having a clear focus of what you want to achieve from yourself will stop you from doing that needless set of arms at the gym, for example, and you’ll be able to use your time more effectively.

5) Keep learning

Understanding what works and doesn’t work well for your individual self when training is invaluable. Goal setting contributes to this as it gives a clear structure to your training.

You can then tailor the training in future to avoid the tasks that don’t work for you. Not only will it help your sporting life, but understanding this may be able to help you in your everyday life too.

Remember: keep it simple

Don’t over complicate your goal; keep it short and sweet. Using the SMART guidelines provides the right framework to create a worth while goal.

SMART means: specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-framed. Follow these when creating your plan, and you’ll be on the path to a winner.

By Cameron Pope