When trying to define your fitness goals, it can be easy to stretch too far, or worse yet, undermine your efforts by failing to challenge yourself. Thinking about your fitness future can either become overwhelming or inspiring.
It’s easy to let your ambition override your practicality when you’re excited about getting back in shape. You must make sure you have a plan in place to avoid exhausting yourself too quickly, which can easily occur before you see any real results and seriously compromise your motivation to continue towards your initial goals.
Regardless of your unique fitness goals, it will always prove beneficial to put them down in writing, either in a journal or on a sticky note placed conveniently on your refrigerator. When setting your goals, be sure to consider your individual personality, lifestyle, and present fitness level.
Understanding where you’re at physically, what your tendencies are when challenged, and the ultimate level of fitness you’re shooting for will help you design fitness regime that will help you see the results you desire. Here are a few steps that will provide guidance for you to set realistic, attainable fitness goals:
When initially setting out to be specific with your fitness goals, it might help to obtain a copy of the Center for Disease Control’s guidelines pertaining to the types and amounts of activity prescribed for a healthy adult. According to your current fitness level and goals, the CDC’s guidelines will offer suggestions for different activities that would be healthy for you, as well as the duration you should participate in a given activity.
When setting fitness goals, it’s important to break down your long-term goals into achievable short-term goals. For example, if you want to lose 60 pounds in a year, you might break that up by saying I want to lose at least five pounds every month. That’s an easy way to keep track of how you’re doing as the year goes by. It’s important that you put your short and long-term goals down on paper so that you can keep track of your progress.
Reassess Feasibility of Initial Goals
Keeping a log of your daily fitness activities is a great way to be able to reassess your progress, which will help you readjust your goals as you go, as needed. It’s important to constantly reevaluate the reality of your initial goals, but you must be careful to walk the line between giving in and falling short of your goal and pushing yourself so hard that you become tired and lose the inspiration to continue with your fitness plan.
Hold Yourself Accountable
One of the most important factors in the achievement of your fitness goals is your level of internal motivation. While you might have someone pushing you to be bold with your fitness goals, it’s important that you know where you want to go and how you want to get there because, at the end of the day, nobody should know your body as well as you do.
Setting realistic goals is an essential first step to getting back in shape, losing those extra ten pounds, or training your body for an ultra marathon. You have to know your body, know where you want to go, know how to get there, and make a plan that maximizes your chances for success.