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Goal Setting For Recovery And Health

How many times have you had a health issue, or walked into a gym, or decided that you need to improve your fitness, but had no idea where to start or what you want? It’s happened to nearly everyone I know, which is why it’s so important to have a system in place for setting goals.


One of the best ways to achieve your goals it to make them SMART. It’s like using directions on google maps; not only do you know where you want to be, but you have a route to get there. In this case, SMART is an acronym that stands for:


What exactly do you want to achieve? How exactly will you achieve this? And where? Do you need a gym, or will the park suffice? Is your goal a nutritional goal that starts at the shops or in your kitchen? Is the goal specifically related to recovery or health improvement, or maintaining a level of health? Who do you need to help you with this goal? A professional? A friend to keep you accountable? Will you be involved in a team?


How will you measure your goal? Is it movement based? Can you quantify it? How will you know if you’re getting closer to your goal, or when it has been met?


Your goals need to be realistic. Do you realistically think you will be able to achieve your goals? For example, following an ankle fracture, running a marathon within a few weeks may not be achievable, but within a longer period you might reach that goal.


Your goals need to be relevant to you. Not your neighbour, or your best friend, or your partner. You. For example, I am a much better in water than I am on land, so setting myself a running goal (eg. a half marathon in 6 months) is just not relevant. I don’t like it. I won’t be motivated. I’d be unlikely to reach it.


An end date to your goals needs to be set, to avoid floundering. Keep yourself accountable.

Some examples of SMART goals include:

“I will run 5km in three months time, and 10km in six months time. I will use a running app to track my progress.”

“I will improve my physical activity and walk with my friend twice a week, every week, unless unwell or away.”

“I will improve my water intake by ensuring that I have at least one glass of water every time I sit down for a meal.”

If you are feeling a little lost, or unsure how to set goals that will work for you and your health journey, get in touch for some individual advice to help you succeed.


Jemimah Nicholson

This post was written by Dr Jemimah Nicholson.

You can find out more about Jemimah here or book an appointment with her here.

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