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MAT Your Goals for Success!

By Gary Picariello

What gets you up in the morning, out the door and off to the gym? Something more significant than trudging outside for the morning newspaper or making coffee, I hope! Think too much and you never take the first step. When it comes to fitness and feeling good, a person's gotta have goals! But even that's not enough. Before you scribble something down on a piece of paper and tape it to your mirror, try refining the goal making process with three simple letters: M.A.T.

“M” Stands for Measurable

It's not enough to say, “I want to bench press 200 pounds.” Although that's a start. It's much better to create a measurable goal. For example, you want to increase your lift by 10 pounds every 10 days for three months. That's something measurable, and so you can actually see the growth toward reaching your goal. Many weight trainers and professionals suggest keeping a journal or diary so you can track your progress, and by doing so, you might be able to spot trends that allow you to determine optimum conditions for growth. Now that's what I call measurable!

“A” Stands for Achievable

As long as we're using the bench press as our example, is your goal of 200 pounds even realistic? Thus our next step in the goal-making process is asking yourself if the goal is achievable. Maybe a 200-250 pound press can be done but maybe not in three months. Or maybe your body dynamics aren't set up for that much weight. Whatever the case, your goal needs to be achievable.

"T" is for Time

The last step in our process is to put a time on your goal. By this I mean time-management. You need to get up and out the door by 6 a.m. Or you need to leave the office and get to the gym by 7 p.m. Whatever is your time, remember to set your clock. 

So there you go! You stand a much better chance of realizing your fitness goals if you take the MAT approach. You're off to a great start by writing your goal on a piece of paper or on your hand where you can see it constantly. But when it comes to goals, remember the clock is ticking! Otherwise, you set yourself up for all kinds of excuses and roadblocks.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Wichita, Kans.

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