Developing a Personal Fitness Program

Identifying your objectives is the first step in starting a fitness programme. Goals should be precise, quantifiable, action-oriented, realistic, and time-bound, as described in previous chapters (SMART). If your objectives are imprecise and open-ended, such as "I will exercise more," it may be difficult to monitor your progress. Here's an example of a SMART fitness goal:

“I will walk for 30 minutes every day, 3-5 days a week,” she says.

Measurable: “Over the next month, I will enhance my resting heart rate.”

“I will study walking routes near my house and campus,” she says.

Realistic: “In one month, I will raise my daily walking to 45 minutes.”

Time Restricted: "I'm going to attempt this walking regimen for a month and then reevaluate my objectives."