How To Achieve Fitness Goals
How to achieve fitness goals? I’m sure you’re reading this now because you really want to start getting healthy! If that’s what you’re after, continue reading!
If we take a look at any successful business they almost always started out with a solid business plan and mission statement. These were used to guide them each step of the way and could be modified or tweaked if necessary. They allowed the company to focus on what they were really trying to accomplish and design policies, rules and make most decisions based on that set of criteria. Personal fitness goals are no different.
How to set meaningful fitness goals
First off you need to take some time to determine the things that are really important to you and then establish your long term fitness goals around that. Long term goals are usually a year or so away. Some common options are as follows:
- You want to be able to fit in that bikini or dress size you wore when you got married. If this is what you’re thinking of, then you should read our review on Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide program..
- You want to achieve the same pre-birth weight you once had.
- You are looking to run in next year’s Boston marathon or compete in an “Ironman.”
- You would like to make the cut on next year’s school sports team.
- You’re trying to come back or recover from an illness or injury.
- You want to rock a sexy set of abs or show off a fit, firm butt!
The more specific your long term goal is the better. You also want something that is really important to you as you will ultimately be more motivated to succeed if you have a vested interest. Keep in mind that you want something that is actually possible to achieve.
Saying you want to become a professional runway model or an Olympian at the age of 40 is a tough sell. Anything is possible of course but some things are just a tad unrealistic and will likely lead to a lot of disappointment if your long term goal is virtually unattainable.
How To Achieve Fitness Goals Easily?
Now you need to put in some research time and determine how it is you can actually achieve your long term fitness goals. Ask questions such as the following:
- What exercises/activities should I be focusing on?
- Where can I do them?
- How much do they cost?
- Should my focus be on strength or endurance or both?
- What should I be eating? (healthy, lean options)
- How much should I be consuming? (protein, carbs and fat ratio)
- Do I need a coach?
- Do I train better in a group or by myself?
- Should I enroll in fitness classes or exercise groups?
- How many times a week should I exercise?
- What is the best time of day for me given work and family obligations?
- Are there any other people or groups that share the same goals as me?
- Where can I meet/read about them and what they have done?
- And so on …
The answers to the above questions help to determine your short term goals. This is really the bread and butter of fitness goal setting as it takes a large overwhelming long term goal and puts it into bite size manageable pieces. The key here is to include items that are both measurable and that possess a verifiable time frame.
Achieve Your Small Fitness Goals First
You will have several small goals that help keep you on track for your main goal. Short term goals usually range from days to several months. Some good examples are as follows:
- I want to drop 1 dress size in the next 2 months.
- I want to lose 1 lb per month.
- I need to sign up for a yoga class by Friday
- I need to start going to the gym (x) number of times per week
- I want to be able to squat x number of pounds/ kilograms before tryouts. (This will have a fixed date based on your school’s program)
Lastly, you must implement a plan. This plan will tell you how and where and allow you to monitor your progress and see if your goals are actually achievable. You want to include actual numbers here. If it is your first time then you will have no idea so you need to attempt the exercise to get your base line. This might also be a good time to consider a fitness evaluation so you can include realistic numbers. Based on your research you will put something together as follows;
- I will consume X amount of grams of protein or calories per day.
- I will do squats at X number of weight for X number of repetitions, X number of days per week.
- I will increase the weight at such and such targets.
You need to create an entire program like this as, although time consuming in the beginning, it will do wonders to actually motivate you and track your progress. Plus it is very easy to see if you have met your goals when it is written down and verifiable. Some goals may be too easy while others will be too difficult. As you get some experience you will become much better at establishing realistic but challenging goals.
It is very easy to come up with a plan now a days. Many people have already done it and several websites have one that you can just download and modify. Or just create your own if that works best for you. Just make sure you put your goals and plan down on paper /computer/ phone and then track your performance accordingly. I think you will be surprised at how quickly you progress and how great you feel achieving your goals.