When people make the decision to lose weight and become fit, they’re usually enthusiastic about their imminent new lifestyle.
They begin with a fervor and end the program much too soon because they’ve tried to do too much – too fast.
Going overboard at first may also cause injuries. If you know your muscles aren’t ready for an intensive workout, don’t do it. It will cause more problems than you’ll want to deal with.
Plan for small, incremental fitness changes, such as walking a few minutes per day, a couple of times per week – or swim for fitness so it will be easier on your body.
One thing to remember when you begin to plan fitness goals is to be very specific.
Don’t just think “get fit” is going to be enough motivation and information to guide you through the long run. Make small changes and when you’re ready move on.
Choosing ‘S.M.A.R.T.’ Fitness Goals
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Goals should also be carefully planned.
If you’re worn out in the evening hours from working all day, set a goal to get up earlier in the morning to walk or exercise.
If your long term goal is to run in a marathon, you’re going to have to plan carefully so you’re up to the challenge when the time comes.
Short term goals lead to the long term goals you desire, so plan them as carefully as the ones you want to eventually reach.
By setting realistic short term goals, you’ll find that at the end of the journey, it won’t seem as difficult or overwhelming as it did at first.
Goals should be challenging, but achievable if you work hard – and that’s what getting fit is all about.
Setting goals that are out of reach will end up being frustrating and possibly cause you to end your quest for fitness and weight loss.
Patience is the key to setting fitness goals.
The transformation of your body and good health won’t happen quickly, but it will happen if you plan carefully and aspire to meet each goal systematically.
Whether you’re planning to lose 5 or 100 pounds – or run a five mile marathon after being sedentary for years, it’s possible if you follow some simple guidelines.
Start thinking differently about your challenges and you’ll be surprised at the results.
Breaking down your large fitness goals into smaller increments that will bring success is the first step.
Figure out how you want to track your progress and don’t forget the new, technological innovations that can help you measure not only your steps, but your health.
Choose attainable goals, but don’t make them too easy.
You know what your limits are, so don’t forget that when goal planning. Rather than having a goal for just losing weight, put a number of pounds you’re going to lose so it’s measurable and you can track your progress.
What motivates you?
How long will your exercise plan last to achieve your goals?
If you don’t have an ending point where your goals are now achieved and you can go on to the next plan, it’s difficult to get into the proper mindset. It seems like a never-ending project.