Setting and Smashing Fitness Goals

You know how it goes: We start out a new year with aspirations to get fit, get healthy, and be our best selves. But when those fitness goals are based on long-term ideas of how we want to look (“lose 12 pounds,” “go down a dress size,” “get six-pack abs”) rather than short-term goals on how we want to feel, Setting short-term achievable goals is arguably one of the most important steps in developing your fitness program.

Instead of the endless cycle of weight-focused fitness goals, make goals based on what you’ll actually be able to stick to.

The problem is that during this time of year, it's easy to get caught up in the rush of New Year's resolutions and set goals that are unsustainable, and otherwise unrealistic. We then fail to achieve them and feel worse about ourselves than before we started. This year, to avoid that detrimental downward spiral altogether try these small steps.

1. Focus on one goal at a time. Trying to tackle that much at once is essentially just setting yourself up for failure. First, set the goals you’re striving towards, be it losing fat, getting a muscular body, or improving your endurance.T hen set monthly or weekly goals to create an atmosphere of success, and to be able to monitor your own progress better.

2.Make your short-term goals attainable. Do not set goals that are too demanding to attain. You shouldn’t be too easy on yourself either, by setting yourself up for failure will only demotivate you and make you hate the path you’re on.

3. Make it measurable. The goal should be time-bound, as this helps you focus your efforts, develop a more structured plan for actually achieving the goal, and creates a sense of urgency that can be motivating. Examples of measurable, specific, and time-bound goals include being able to deadlift 10 repetitions with 50 pounds in three months, running a 5K nonstop by the end of the year, and correctly performing a pull-up by the start of summer.

4.Take action, every day. The compound effect 'The compound effect is the strategy of reaping huge rewards from small, seemingly insignificant actions. You cannot improve something until you measure it.' It is the small daily steps that will create the momentum needed to ignite the drive in your mind and body.

Above all, remember that your goals are yours alone, Good Luck!

Further resources:

What is the Compound Effect?

Why the secret to success is setting the right goals | John Doerr

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