How to set smart goals for yourself or others

Setting SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound) goals for physical activity lays the groundwork for success by providing a clear roadmap to fitness aspirations. It ensures precision, accountability, and tangible milestones, guiding students toward a healthier, more active lifestyle. Key cognitive level in this scenario is procedural (check chapter Scenarios), while scenario can be performed in 1 week.

Setting smart goals for physical activity involves crafting objectives that are specific, clearly defining what students want to achieve in their fitness journey. These goals should also be measurable, allowing them to track progress and stay motivated as they see tangible results. Ensure the goals are achievable and relevant to their overall fitness aims and make them realistic and meaningful. Lastly, establishing a time-bound aspect adds a sense of urgency, helping them stay focused and committed to their physical activity routine. This method empowers them to create a structured plan, increasing the likelihood of reaching and surpassing their fitness aspirations.

References / Further reading
  1. McDonald, S. M. (2012). The effects of a SMART goal setting and self-monitoring intervention on physical activity and fitness in middle school students. The Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 34(4), 576-587. DOI: 10.1123/jtpe.2014-0138

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