Setting Fitness Goals: The Key to Success

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Successful people have something in common: they set goals and follow through on achieving them. This is especially true when it comes to goals for your health and fitness. Setting fitness goals sounds great, but how do you start without feeling overwhelmed and giving up? Follow this roadmap to creating your vision and actionable steps that will help you arrive there.

Step 1: Be Specific

Define your goal clearly and in a way that makes sense. Saying you want to eat healthier is too broad. A better way to define it is that you will stop eating desserts. Whatever it is, it needs to be crystallized into a clear, easy to understand thought.

Step 2: Make it Measurable

If your goal is to lose weight, set a target so you can track your progress. That means defining your goal in terms of a number that you can shoot for. Set a target goal – five pounds, ten pounds, 50 pounds, whatever it is.

Step 3: Keep it Realistic

It’s okay to have a challenging goal, but it has to be attainable, too. Otherwise, it’s easy to become unmotivated and give up. Don’t try to lose 50 pounds in two months, because that’s not realistic. Same goes for objectives that are too easy.

Step 4: It’s YOUR Goal

Sometimes we set goals because of other people and the pressures of what’s happening in our lives. Be sure that whatever fitness goal you’re focused on is what you really want to accomplish so you can stay motivated.

Step 5: Set a Deadline

Attach a deadline to your goal so that you have an incentive to stick with it and finish by a certain time. For example, losing 1-2 pounds a week is a reasonable weight loss goal, so if you want to lose 20 pounds, you could state that your goal is to lose 20 pounds in three months.

Sample Fitness Goals

  • I will go to the gym four days every week for 45 minutes for the next three months.
  • I will lose 10 pounds in the next two months.
  • I will do stretching exercises every morning for the next month.