Can we please stop perpetuating the myth that the main point of exercise is to lose weight? Plenty of us work out for other reasons. We're talking motivation like having more energy, sleeping better, or rocking badass looking guns
. And — perhaps more importantly — folks who go into an exercise program with the express goal of shedding pounds are more likely to drop out
. Weight loss, even if it is a goal of yours, is simply not the best motivator out there.
So what does make a good fitness goal? A good goal-setting rubric is the acronym SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound
. But we've got some ideas if that doesn't spark something for you. Click ahead to discover a few tangible, fulfilling ways to measure fitness success — that don't involve a scale.