How to set fitness goals (and actually meet them), according to Atlanta trainers

Setting a fitness goal is always only the beginning, and many of us have gotten burnt out, discouraged, or derailed before reaching the finish line. Cara Miller, trainer at DEFINE Atlanta, said the biggest mistake people make is setting too many goals at once.

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"A good place to start would is to set S.M.A.R.T goals: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound," she said "There is no specific number that anyone should look for. Everyone is different and has to find what works for them. For example, a good fitness goal might be 'I would like to lose 5% body fat' versus saying 'I would like to lose body fat.'"

But it doesn't have to be all about the numbers: sticking to a fitness goal involves finding the regimen and the workout that leaves you eager for class.

"Some fun ways to stick to fitness goals that seem difficult would be to build on small successes by rewarding yourself. Workout with a friend, and mix up your workouts to keep it fun and fresh," said Miller. "Fitness newbies can make getting into shape more fun by finding a fun class with an awesome instructor, and awesome music. That kind of atmosphere makes a huge difference and will leave you wanting to come back."

Miller said that it's not just the fitness fans hitting the gym for the first time who can find room for goals and improvement.

"Experienced fitness fans can keep setting new healthy goals for themselves by realizing that there is ALWAYS room for improvement," she said. "Add on an extra 10 pounds to your kettle bell workout or go one more mile. Make the commitment to make yourself stronger."

Everyone has their own motivators: for Miller, it's her children and family.

"My children inspire me to stay fit and I like how "healthy" feels. I want to continue to work to become my absolute best self, not only physically, but also spiritually and mentally," she said. It's a lifestyle that's easy to get behind, regardless of the factors in life that motivate you.

"You deserve a life of expanding richness and fulfillment," Miller said. "You owe it to yourself everyday to build on whatever you already have. New strength is yours to build in every moment. Take action, grow stronger, and use your strength to continue adding new goodness to your life."

DEFINE is located at 1833 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta and can be reached at 404-351-8663 or via its website


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