Yesterday, we talked about the need to track your workouts.
Today we’re going to discuss how to set goals and achieve them.
Deciding to make positive changes to improve your overall health will provide you with years of vitality. Once we begin working toward our fitness goals, we often find the idea is more easily generated than the actual plan. Learning how to set and reach your fitness goals is key ingredient to a successful outcome.
Often we look at fitness magazines or find celebrities whom we desire to emulate. You must be realistic with your goals and gear them toward your own lifestyle, body type, and health history. Focus on improving yourself, rather than becoming like someone else. Sure, it is great to have inspiration, but you may find it more discouraging when you are trying to look like a model with an entirely different physique than Mother Nature gave you.
Think short term, midterm, and long term
When planning your overall goal, you must think of it in steps. Of course, the end result is always the big prize, but you really need to envision how you plan to get there. The best way to achieve this is through daily, weekly, month, and yearly goals.
Think of the famous proverb every great journey begins with a single step. That is exactly how you must view your fitness journey. Daily goals consist of small accomplishments that lead to bigger results. A daily goal may be eating 100% clean for the entire day. You may want to go to an event and only have water instead of wine. Just imagine yourself reaching for something out of the ordinary and then go do it. If you walk 1 mile a day, make your daily goal to walk an extra half-mile.
These fall along the same lines as daily goals, but set them for a span of 7 days. Weekly goals may involve getting up an hour earlier to jog, or going the entire week without sugar.
These usually revolve around weight loss, strength gains, or dieting. Set goals to lose 2 pounds a week, or to squat 10 extra pounds by the end of the month. You may want to fit into a certain pants size by the end of the month or train for an event.
This is the biggest marker for your fitness accomplishments. Think about where you want to be in one year from now. Are you training for a marathon or other event? Do you want to lose 30 pounds, climb a fierce mountain, or reach a certain strength goal?
Write everything down
Buy a journal and write down all of your goals, accomplishments, and short falls. Tracking your progress is the best way to achieve your desired outcome. Keep a daily food and training log. Write down how you feel, any personal records you set, or any unforeseen problems that arise. Use this journal as a reflection on how far you have come and what results you get when trying certain fitness aspects.