2Lesson 5.2: Goal Setting Lesson Objectives: Explain how goal setting can help you plan your fitness program.Identify some guidelines you should follow when setting goals.
3Lesson 5.2: Goal SettingQuestionHow do successful people use goal setting to achieve something they deem important?
4Lesson 5.2: Goal SettingAnswerSuccessful people use goal setting in the following ways:They set goals that are personally important to them.They set realistic but challenging goals.They monitor their progress.They adjust their behaviors.
5Lesson 5.2: Goal SettingQuestionWhat are the important things to remember about setting long-term physical activity goals?
6Lesson 5.2: Goal SettingAnswerImportant things to remember about goal setting:Long-term activity goals can result in improvements in physical fitness.Long-term goals are often difficult to achieve.
7Lesson 5.2: Goal SettingAnswer (continued)Long-term goals are normally written to be achieved over a period of several months or years.Achievement of long-term goals will result in numerous personal benefits.
8Lesson 5.2: Goal SettingQuestionWhy do experts recommend writing your long-term fitness goals?
9Lesson 5.2: Goal SettingAnswerExperts recommend writing out long-term fitness goals becauseputting your goals in writing represents a personal commitment.written goals increase the chances that you will meet your goals.
10Lesson 5.2: Goal SettingQuestionOften, a pad and paper are all some people need to list their long-term goals. What electronic devices are also available to help you with goal setting?
11Lesson 5.2: Goal SettingAnswerDevices to record your long-term goals includepersonal computers andpersonal digital assistants (e.g., Palm Pilot).
12Lesson 5.2: Goal SettingQuestionWhat are the features of short-term goals?
13Lesson 5.2: Goal SettingAnswerShort-term goals can be reached in a short period of time.These goals can be achieved in a few days or a few weeks.Short-term goals can help you accomplish a long-term goal.
14Lesson 5.2: Goal SettingQuestionWhat is an example of a short-term physical activity goal?
15Lesson 5.2: Goal SettingAnswerA short-term goal of lifting weights several days a week, for many weeks.This will result in a long-term goal of improving muscular strength or endurance.
16Lesson 5.2: Goal SettingQuestionWhat might be a problem about listing “improving your fitness” as a short-term goal?
17Lesson 5.2: Goal SettingAnswerProblems with listing “improving your fitness” as a short-term goal:Improvements in physical fitness can take a good deal of time to achieve.Fitness improvements require continued adherence to a regular program.
18Lesson 5.2: Goal SettingQuestionWhat are some guidelines in setting goals?
19Lesson 5.2: Goal SettingAnswerGoal-setting guidelines:Be realistic.Be specific.Personalize—What is a realistic goal for one person can be unrealistic for another.Put your goals in writing.
20Lesson 5.2: Goal SettingAnswer (continued)Know your reasons for setting your goals.Consider goals for all parts of fitness.Self-assess periodically and keep logs.Set new goals periodically.Revise if necessary.Reward yourself.Consider maintenance goals.
21Taking Charge: Setting Goals Read about Kevin and Mr. Booker in the Taking Charge section of chapter 5 (page 85).Was the goal Kevin set a realistic one?What kinds of advice do you think Mr. Booker gave Kevin about goal setting?What kind of goal did Kevin set?
22Taking Charge: Setting Goals What other kinds of goals do you think Kevin should set for himself?What else could Kevin do to make sure that he sets realistic goals for himself?You can use the goal-setting worksheet to plan some realistic goals for yourself.
23Taking Charge: Setting Goals Review question: How can you use long-term and short-term goals to plan your fitness program?Review question: List some guidelines you should follow when setting goals. Be sure they are appropriate for your level.