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How To Set Realistic Fitness Goals

March 22, 2016

If you’ve struggled with your weight and you’re back on the wagon again hoping to get more fit and shed those pounds, you know that by the time you make up your mind to do it, you want it to happen overnight. But you didn’t gain the weight overnight (although sometimes it feels like that) and it’s not going to come off that way. Setting realistic fitness goals will help you stay true to them and yield much greater success than arbitrarily setting a goal of getting back to high school weight in the three weeks remaining before your reunion.

Stretch Out Your Goals

If you want to drop fifty pounds, great. Set that as your final goal but in the meantime establish smaller, measurable success that you can celebrate to keep momentum strong.

Take Your Measurements

Your scale will be the first to lie to you. Particularly if any of your regimens involve strict initial processes. You’re better served going off of your change in measurements than on weight. After all would you even care what you weighed if you could get back into your favorite dress from years ago? No. Weight is just a number but when you see the positive changes to your body, you’ll feel even more incentive to keep going.

Start Small

Commit to some sort of exercise you know you can do. Don’t set a goal of 90 minutes every day unless you know you’ll do it. Often people set an ambitious fitness goal and when they find it hard to adhere to it, they give up in all aspects of their fitness pursuits, including healthy eating. This never ends well. It’s better to start small and commit to it, than commit to something you can’t keep up with. Also, as you begin to build up strength and your fitness becomes more of a way of life, add to your routine. You’ll feel stronger and more able than if you start large and have to cave.

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