Have you thought about what you want to get out of your time at the gym? Here are a few tips to consider when setting personal fitness goals:
1. Make sure your goals are specific.
Goals like “train harder” or “get better” or “get fit” are commonly thrown around. But, how do you know what training harder, getting better, or getting more fit looks like? How will you know when you’ve achieved these goals? The problem with goals that aren’t specific is that vague goals tend to lead to ambiguous results. Or, no results. Make sure that your goals are specific. You can do this by attaching a number or deadline to your goal. For example, change “train harder” to “Work out three times each week.”
2. Keep your goals realistic.
It never hurts to be ambitious, but when it comes to goal-setting, keep your goals realistic. If you tell yourself that you’re going to work out every day for the next month, is that realistic? Decide on a goal that will challenge you to do more than your current level, but it also doesn’t set you up for failure and disappointment.
How do you figure out what is realistic? First, be honest with yourself. Then, think about the goals you’ve achieved in the past and use those past accomplishments as a guide. And remember, we never etch goals in stone. If you find out your goal needs some adjusting to remain challenging but realistic, then it’s okay to modify your original goal.
3. Stay focused on the process.
One way to look at goals is that they give you some direction. However, to be successful, you’ll need to shift your focus to the process. When you focus only on achieving the outcome, you might end up losing sight of the daily steps necessary to accomplish your goal. Once you’ve figured out your direction, the bigger question is how you’ll get there. How will you make your goal happen? Take some time to lay out a plan for your future outcome.
4. Set goals that matter to you.
Lots of fitness goals have something to do with losing weight and getting more fit. These are great goals! But you also need to make sure that these goals really matter to you. What purpose does a goal related to fitness or weight loss have in the bigger picture of your life? Without understanding the intention behind your goals, your work and effort may start to feel meaningless. When this happens, you will likely lose motivation. Don’t just set a goal; set a goal that is meaningful to you and where you are in your life.
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