Look at the results of the fitness assessments that you have been doing in the labs. Consider which component you need improvement on or that you want to address first. Using the SMART principles, set one long-term and 2 short-term fitness goals for yourself. Your goals should address one of the five components of fitness (i.e. cardiovascular endurance). Your long term goal will be the big picture and your two short term goals will be achievable in a shorter time frame so you can experience some success as you work toward your long term goal. You will then use these goals as the focus of your personal fitness plan, which is due at the end of the semester. Many of you mentioned goals in your first discussion board assignment. For the most part, these were very vague and didn’t give a definite end result. These goals need to be VERY specific with a defined outcome.
An example of a SMART long term fitness goal: I want to run 3 miles without having to walk in 7 months.
An example of a SMART short term fitness goal for the long term goal: I want to run 1 mile without having to walk in 4 weeks.
Examples of goals that are not SMART: I want to exercise more. I want to eat healthier. I want to get in shape. I want to eat more fruits and vegetables. I want to work out 3 days a week. These are NOT specific or measurable and are lacking a time frame. Your goals should be directly related to a component of fitness and NOT what you intend to do to accomplish it. That would be your fitness plan, which you will begin working on soon. (I will run 3 days a week for 20 minutes. This is a plan, not a goal, in terms of this assignment)