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 to reach your fitness goals.
6 Simple Steps to Reach Your Fitness Goals
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
What are your goals?
Let us be your personal trainers with our detailed 4, 6 and 12-week She Sweats Workout plans! We guide your workout each day, telling you exactly what to do and what intensity to work at. We have everything you need! Find out more!1