Learn About Our New Goal Setting Framework!


Guardian Exercise Rehabilitation has recently launched an exciting new internal goal setting framework, keeping in line with the latest evidence-based practice. We have developed a new approach to assessment and collaborative goal development with our clientele across all personal injury schemes, ensuring meaningful and sustainable physical activity adherence for long-lasting return to work and recovery outcomes.

Our highly skilled Exercise Physiology team understand it is imperative that any goal set is driven by the client themselves. Resultantly, we have made some changes to the way we deliver our goal setting practices for positive engagement and an optimal rehabilitation journey.

Our new goal setting framework allows collaborative development of open and meaningful goal setting – both in line with our clients’ motivations towards exercise adherence, and dependent upon their current stage of behavior. We have moved away from primarily utilising SMART (traditional) goal setting, and are now adopting an alternative STEPPED goal setting approach determined by the ‘Transtheoretical Stage of Behaviour Change’. When a client is experiencing difficulty in determining what goals they may want to achieve, or are uncertain about the benefits of exercise engagement, our Exercise Physiologists may adopt a STEPPED approach to goal setting; identifying their motivations and intentions towards meaningful change, and what recovery means for them.

  • Through this new approach, we enable end stage client-centered goal achievement with positive and sustainable rehabilitation engagement, and ultimately a durable recovery and return to work.
  • Ultimately, we are aiming to set our clients up for success through realistic goal setting practices. Our interventions focus on influencing positive behavioral change through optimal enjoyment, value, and lasting habit formation for our clientele.

Evidence [“It is important for researchers, practitioners and policy makers to rethink and move beyond commonly held assumptions in goal setting and to adopt a critical perspective regarding the type of goals that should be set to maximise engagement in PA” (Swann & Rosenbaum, 2017). ]

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