What are SMART goals?

The SMART goal setting formula should be used to set short, medium and long term goals. The exercise programme can be planned to work progressively towards SMART goals once they have been set.


SMART is made up of the following:


The goal you want to achieve should be specific and very clear otherwise it will be a struggle to focus your efforts and feel motivated to succeed.


Your goals should be measurable so that you can track your progress and keep motivated. If you regularly track your progress it helps you to keep motivated and focused.


In order to be successful your goals should be realistic and attainable. You should stretch your abilities but still remain positive. Setting an achievable goal helps you to identify previously overlooked opportunities or resources that can bring you closer to your goal.

Realistic and relevant

This step is about ensuring that your goal matters to you, and that it also aligns with other relevant goals. We all need support and assistance in achieving our goals, but it’s important to retain control over them. So, make sure that your plans drive everyone forward, but that you’re still responsible for achieving your own goal.


Every goal needs a target date, so that you have a deadline to focus on and something to work toward. This part of the SMART goal criteria helps to prevent everyday tasks from taking priority over your longer-term goals.

Goals will need to be reviewed regularly with the client to check their progress and discuss any changes in goals.

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