With a new year upon us, there is no better time to set some goals to improve your kinetic hygiene and start addressing those body aches you’ve had lingering for years.
At Dynamic Balance, our consultations include setting goals so that you and your trainer have a clear plan for your program and road to recovery. We use the SMART Criteria to set your goals.
The SMART Criteria is a commonly used acronym in the rehabilitative sciences and other disciplines. It stands for:
Specific: Be clear about what you want to achieve.
Measurable: Set concrete metrics to track your progress.
Achievable: Ensure your goals are realistic and attainable.
Relevant: Align your goals with your values and long-term objectives.
Time-bound: Set deadlines to create a sense of urgency.
For example, saying your goal is to improve your posture does not meet this criteria because it is not specific and you have not defined a way to measure your progress or a timeline. Additionally, it is just too vague. Instead, our trainer would take this generalized goal and break it down into smaller goals that follow the SMART Criteria. So instead of saying “the goal to improve your posture”, we would say:
I will reduce anterior pelvic tilt by completing pelvic tilt exercises at least 3 per day for 5 minutes, measured by daily checks and monthly progress photos, over the course of the next 12 weeks.
Additionally, at Dynamic Balance, we strive to cultivate a growth mindset. Will you complete the above goal perfectly? Probably not. There will be days when you only do 1 set of pelvic tilts. Or maybe, you will take a progress photo after 4 weeks and see that your pelvic tilt has gotten worse. It is not ideal but it is also an opportunity to learn and grow. We want you to embrace challenges and setbacks as opportunities for growth rather than failures. A growth mindset can enhance resilience and persistence in pursuing your goals.
One of the great things about working with a trainer is that we can regularly review and adjust your plan to get you to your goals. You should always periodically assess your progress, make necessary adjustments, and refine your goals as you go along. Flexibility is key to adapting to changing circumstances.
May 2024 be the year you achieve your SMART goals with growth and flexibility. And if you need additional support, our team of experts are here to support you in any way you need. Feel free to schedule a consultation to discuss this further!