How to Set Realistic and Attainable Fitness Goals

Part of getting fit and improving overall health is the very important task of setting goals. Without goals, it can be especially tough to stick to a new routine or diet. Proper goals give us something to work toward. They give us a bit of a light at the end of the tunnel.

Goals are specific to each individual person, and they can vary widely. Some goals might include fitting into a new dress or pant size, lowering body fat percentage, or losing inches from the waist or hips. They may even forego the body completely, and instead focus on reaching a new time to run a mile, or lifting a heavier weight. The key to making goals really work for you is to set attainable and realistic measures. It can be all that is needed to keep you motivated and improving. To learn how to set the perfect fitness goals to keep you moving forward, check out these helpful tips.

Go Small

This is definitely not a time to go big or go home. Maintaining a fitness routine is hard enough. When you place unheard of expectations on yourself, it will make it that much more difficult. Instead, set very small goals which can be met relatively quickly. If you need to lose 100 pounds, that’s OK, but don’t start with that. Instead, set a goal to lose the first five pounds. After that, set a new goal. The most important part of successful goal-setting over the long term is to actually reach them, as this keeps you motivated to keep going even when it gets especially tough.

Be Specific

If you are very specific in your goals, you are more likely to meet or even exceed them. For example, if your goal is to lose weight, you have given yourself a very broad, very undefined goal. How do you know when you have been successful? Is one pound enough? Twenty pounds?  Instead, make your goal be to lose a very specific number, say 10 pounds. You can always make a new goal when this one has been met, but it gives you more opportunity for success when you have been specific in your desired outcome.

Give Yourself a Deadline

Placing a time limit on your expectations is really the only way to make sure it gets done. How much weight do you want to lose, and by when? Remember to keep it healthy and realistic. You’re not going to lose 100 pounds in a week or a month. If you don’t meet your deadline, don’t panic, but instead, place a new deadline and keep going. Persistence is a huge part of fitness success.

If you want to improve your health and get fit, learn how to set goals the right way. Use these tips as a guide. Challenge yourself without being too strict or unrealistic, and give it your best shot. Soon, you’ll meet your goal, and you’ll be setting new ones for the future.

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