With the end of another year, it’s time to start planning for 2012. What is it you want to achieve? What are your goals? Is it to run your first marathon or your tenth? Is it to simply get a certain number of workouts or hours in a week? Or the fallback weight loss goal?
The old saying holds when creating a goal – you have to name it to claim it. That’s why we want you to create your goal in your own words. Let’s face it, when we write the post-it note and put it on the bathroom mirror, it usually says something like “get to the gym 4 times this week” or “fit into my black dress for the reunion”. That’s why we wanted to make sure when setting goals, they were in your own words and not simply selecting from a canned menu.
The other thing a goal needs is an end date. Why? Because otherwise you can always start on Monday and Monday is always the next Monday. Nope, you need to give yourself a timetable to complete the goal and be accountable for it.
At Bia, we want to make setting your fitness and endurance goals fun. That’s why we’ve created a goal wizard that let’s you create your goal and see your progress with every workout you add to the site.
How do you set a goal?
Go to the Goals section located in Train
- Name it. Give your goal a name. What is it you want to achieve? Workout more? Cover a specific distance within a certain time? Compete in a race? Lose weight? All of these are goal types – but to make the goal your own, give it a title in your own words. Don’t forget to give it an end date.
- Pick the Goal Type. Currently we have four goal types: Distance, Do More [workouts], Race, Lose Weight. Simply pick which type of goal to move to the next step.
- Define Workouts or Parameters to Track Towards Your Goal. If you create a goal to run 500 miles in a year, you certainly don’t want your time in the pool to count towards the mileage. For weight loss goals, simply enter your starting weight and goal weight. That’s it! Goal set!
- Add Workouts and Track Your Progress. Once you set a goal we track your progress and show you how you’re doing on your Profile page.