Goals are imperative in training- whether you are exercising for weight loss, sports or running. A goal will serve as accountability, a sense of encouragement and a measure of performance. Goals must be S.M.A.R.T, as I have mentioned before; they are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely.
Here are some things to think about when making your goals:
What are the athlete’s goals prior to exercise?
- if hydration only, water intake is sufficient
- if carbohydrate is needed, choose between a sports beverage (with 6% carbohydrates), carbohydrate gel and water, or food/water combo (listed here)
What are the athlete’s goals during exercise?
- If only fluid is needed, water may be sufficient
- If carbohydrate is also needed, choose between a sports beverage (with 6% carbohydrates), carbohydrate gel and water, or food/water combo (listed here)
-If sodium is also needed, choose a sodium-containing sports drink or sodium- containing food and water
What are the athlete’s goals after exercise?
- Replenish water, carbohydrate and sodium as needed with a combination of foods and beverages
Have you established your S.M.A.R.T goal?