10 Key Ways To Reaching Your Fitness Goals
Many of us start the new year with fitness goals in mind. I know I usually do. But isn’t it funny that before January has even finished we have totally missed our goals?
By the time March has swung around, we’ve totally forgotten we even made a goal.
Yet as December creeps up on us once more, we start to think about making a new fitness goal.
“This time I’ll REALLY try!” we proclaim, not just to ourselves but to our friends, family and total strangers we’ve never seen before in our lives.
There are many reasons why we don’t achieve our fitness goals. It could be down to a lack of planning, or it could be a case of the wrong planning.
Or, it could be a simple case of desire and not having enough of it.
Here are 10 key ways to reaching your fitness goals:
Stop Fixating On The New Year
If you’re like many people and create your fitness goals on New Years Day, it could be this obsession that is ruining things for you.
The stats are instructive and compelling: Only 8% of American’s who make a new years resolution actually manage to achieve it.
There are many reasons why we don’t stick to our new years resolutions. Usually, it’s because the resolution is too lofty and borne out of the fact that we’ve just had an indulgent holidays. Sometimes it’s because we just come up with the resolution in the moment and get carried away.
And often it’s because we come up with it after a few drinks when we’re not exactly being honest with ourselves.
Stop associating your goals with new years eve and formulate it at any time of the year.
I know it’s a cliche, but Rome really wasn’t built in a day.
Getting fit takes time and requires a lot of effort from you. For now, you will need to be content with incremental gains along the way to your long-term goals.
In this way, it is a good idea to set short-term goals that complement your long-term one.
Write Down Your Fitness Goals
I’ve heard it said that if we write down our goals, we’re much more likely to realise them. From experience, I believe this to be 100% true.
Writing down your goals gives you a chance to properly formulate them and edit them as you see fit. It gets them out of your head and onto something you can actually see.
Writing them down also lets you organise them so that it looks actionable and do-able.
Get S.M.A.R.T About Your Goals
SMART is an acronym that stands for:
S – Be specific
M – Be measurable
A – Be achievable
R – Be realistic
T – Be time-based
Basically, your goals should be all of the above.
It’s no use being super vague about what you want. If you say “I want to get fitter” it doesn’t really mean anything. How much fitter do you want to be, and within what time frame?
For you to be motivated to work on your goals, you need to be specific about what they are.
It’s also very important that you create goals which are realistic. Otherwise, you’ll not only have a hard time realising them, you’ll also have a hard time actually making a start. Why? Because it will look too tough.
Be Kind To Yourself
Do you really have to work out today, even though you don’t feel like it? Of course not!
Sticking to your goals doesn’t mean that you have to turn into a machine. You might have to find ways of compensating whenever you take a day or two off. But overall, be kind to yourself. Don’t push your body and mind too hard. Otherwise, you will end up hating this.
Make Yourself Accountable To Someone
Earlier in this article I said that, when we get excited about new fitness goals, we just HAVE to tell everyone we know, as well as some people we don’t know.
In a sense, this is a good thing. You are making yourself accountable to someone, and by so doing you will be more motivated to achieve your goal.
Why? Because none of us want to look like shirkers whose action are at odds with our proclamations.
However. Unless your goal is clearly formulated (and it usually isn’t when we come up with it on the spare of the moment and tell everyone we know and don’t know), you will won’t achieve it.
First, work out what your goal is. Then, tell people about it.
You could even make a status on Facebook that lets your friends know about your plans.
Take Note Of What You’re Eating
As you’re looking to get fitter, it’s very important that you put the right foods into your body.
Make a note of everything that you eat, including your main meals, light meals, snacks and drinks.
Don’t miss anything off. Write it all down, including how many candies and glasses of wine you had in a week.
You might grimace at the list by the end of the week, but it might serve to motivate you to make the necessary changes to your diet.
Adopt The Right Attitude
What is your attitude towards getting fit? Do you look at it as a chore that you’d rather not do, but which you know you HAVE to do?
Or do you see it as an everyday activity that is going to improve your mind and body in so many ways, and is therefore something you WANT to do?
If you are to achieve your fitness goals, you need to adopt the second mentality.
Find Out The Benefits
Do you know why you’re getting fit? If it’s simply to get “beach ready”, you might find that this alone doesn’t serve as enough motivation.
Carry out some research into the many benefits of getting fitter (such as lowering stress levels). It will give you extra reasons to get closer to your fitness goals.
Make This About You
Finally, make your fitness goals about you. This means finding a plan that works for your body, and not what works for someone else’s, such as Angelina Jolie’s. We are all different!
Stay happy and healthy!