Forget New Year’s Resolutions, any time of the year is a good time to start smashing your fitness goals. But before you run to grab your fitness gear, it is essential for you to set your health goals. This crucial step lets you know what you’re doing when, and how you’re going to get there. Let’s look at how you can set yourself these goals now.
Smashing Your Fitness Goals #1 Be realistic
The first step to achieving success is for you to set realistic fitness goals. For example, deciding to shed 40 pounds is a realistic and achievable goal. However, giving yourself a week or two to achieve this in isn’t realistic.
If you set yourself larger goals like shedding 40 pounds, then break this down into smaller targets. This approach makes your goals more realistic and achievable. For instance, rather than focusing on losing 40 pounds, why not aim for 5 to 10 pounds initially? Then you can tick these off as you lose weight.
Once you know how much weight you want to lose, then it’s important to think about setting yourself a timeframe. For instance, you can choose to lose 5 pounds every two weeks. This means it will take you 16 weeks to achieve your fitness goal of losing 40 pounds. This approach makes it easier to reach your goal without too much stress.
So, now your fitness goal is to lose 40 pounds in 16-weeks at a rate of 5 pounds every 2 weeks. Once you’ve done this, then you need to define how you’re going to make this possible. Exercising more is a good start, and so is eating healthier foods. To make yourself accountable and to monitor your progress, sign up for free apps like MyFitnessPal.
If you’re still not sure about establishing your goals then grab a pen and paper (yeah, we know it’s old school methodology, but wow does it get those creative juices flowing). Then jot down some ideas about what you want your fitness journey to look like (yep, this is all about you and no one else) so it gives you a reason to keep going when things become challenging. This way, you can continue to keep your eyes on the prize.
Smashing Your Fitness Goals #2 Identify your source of motivation
Motivation is the biggest driver of success. Once you find your source of motivation, then you won’t look back. So, how do you uncover this?
One of the easiest ways to find your motivation is to take a moment to visualise what you want to achieve. For instance, let’s say that you’re sick of your big belly and you’d like to have a slim well-defined stomach so you look great in a tee-shirt. Close your eyes for a second and picture yourself with a slim stomach and wearing that tee-shirt. How does that make you feel seeing yourself? Are you inspired to get started?
The picture that you create in your mind can then be used to push you to achieve your goal. This is especially useful when it’s hard for you to get out of bed in the morning to exercise or you feel like eating another doughnut. When you find yourself straying from your goal that picture pops into your head and deters you from deviating from your chosen path.
Smashing Your Fitness Goals #3 Enlist help
Another effective way to achieve your health goals is to look for help. You can find several gadgets designed to help people achieve different health, fitness, and wellness goals in terms of technology. For example, suppose your goal is to improve your hearing to be more sociable. In this case, you can take advantage of hearing aid compatible mobile phones that enhance your hearing and communication experience. If these mobiles interest you, take the time to learn more about them and how they can be of benefit.
If you’re after a more personal approach, then seek out professionals like a nutritional adviser and Lifestyle Enhancement Coach. Personal trainers and dietitians can also help you, depending on your health goals. Also, have regular general health checks to ensure your health is kept to an optimum level.
Smashing Your Fitness Goals #4 Stick to the basics
Healthy eating and exercise are essential to you achieving your fitness goals. Eating sugar-laden foods and greasy takeaways isn’t going to cut it. If you’re serious about becoming fitter then you’re going to have to make sacrifices, regardless of your specific health goals. This approach means eating smaller meals more frequently. These meals should be balanced and protein-rich. You will also need to exercise more—going for a daily walk, bike ride or to the gym.
Smashing Your Fitness Goals Key Takeaways
These are just a handful of ways for smashing your fitness goals. By following these simple guidelines, you can maintain your motivation. Plus, you’ll get the body and level of health you’ve always wanted.
Just to recap smashing your fitness goals include:
- Be realistic.
- Identify your source of motivation.
- Enlist help.
- Stick to the basics—nutrition and exercise.
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