I'll be the first to tell you that setting a fitness goal is easy - it's actually following through and seeing the goal to completion that is the hardest thing. However, it can be done (and it can be done by YOU)! Here are 6 simple steps for reaching your fitness goals.
6 Simple Steps to Reach Your Fitness Goals
1. Think 6 months down the road and set a goal (we consider this long term!). Where do you want to be? Is it a nutritional fitness goal, related to endurance, muscle mass goal, etc? Narrow it down to 2-3 goals and write them down. Example: I want to lose 10 pounds of body fat, gain 5 pounds of muscle and improve my mile run by 2 minutes.
2. Break your 6 month goal into 2 month goals. While you will likely be monitoring your progress much more closely in the first few weeks, checking in every 2 months will definitely provide you with an opportunity to be proud of the accomplishments and progress you have made! Going off the previous example in #1, here is an example: Lose 3 pounds of body fat, gain 1.5 pounds of muscle and improve my mile run by 45 seconds.
3. Break those 2 month goals into 1 month goals. Wow! The progress that you will make in a month will astound you! Make sure these goals coincide with your 2 and 6 month goals, but are also attainable. You should set them high enough that you have to work at it and are a bit of a challenge, but remember - it's only 1 month! Make it attainable! Only YOU can be honest with yourself there!
4. Set a weekly goal that isn't tied to each of the longer-term goals. If you don't associate the weekly goals with the longer-term 1 month or 2 month goals, this will help you to focus on something new each week. Obviously, they need to correlate with helping you reach your ultimate goal. Example: I will work out 5 days this week. OR I will try 2 new aerobics classes I have never taken this week and finish them!
5. Tell a friend! Or 20 friends! Have a goal that you know would be better kept if you are held accountable by your family and friends? Don't be afraid to tell them! You may get some skeptics, but a good friend will ask you how it's going and try to help you stay on course.
6. Reward yourself! Don't reward yourself with food, but start setting aside $10 or $15 each week that you reach your weekly goal. When you reach your monthly goal, spend half of it on something nice for yourself - a new workout top, shoes, a massage, etc. When you reach your 2 month goal, take half of the weekly monies you have saved and get another reward. Save the other half toward your 6 month goal and I hope you plan something fabulous to spend that money on as a reward!
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