How to Set Realistic and Achievable Fitness Goals
Fitness goals are really important if you want to commit to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. They create accountability, sustain you on the long health and fitness journey, and help you track your progress. Besides, it just feels so good to achieve your goals!
The problem is, often it’s difficult to figure out how to set fitness goals you’ll actually achieve. When you don’t know where to start, it’s easy to set unsustainable and unrealistic goals. Instead of helping you on your fitness journey, these goals make you feel worse about yourself because you fail to achieve them and give up going to the gym altogether. That’s why it’s so important to set realistic fitness goals from the start. Here is some advice from our trainers that should help.
1. Set the Bar Low
If you’re a beginner who’s just started going to the gym, then it’s best to set small and achievable goals, at least in the beginning. Don’t overestimate yourself because it will be only too easy to give up when you can’t meet your own expectations. Your initial fitness goals should be easy and within reach, something like 9 or 10 on a scale from 1 to 10. Knowing that the goal is easily achievable will help you to overcome any subconscious obstacles because you’ll know from the start that it’s going to be easy.
2. Make the Goals Meaningful
Goal-setting is the new trend in pretty much anything these days – everybody raves about accountability, productivity, and making progress. That sounds great but it’s all kind of meaningless unless you make your goals truly personalized. You might be tempted to set a goal to do 100 pushups every day after watching a cool video on YouTube or Facebook, but it’s very unlikely that you’ll be able to sustain the motivation to achieve that. So, don’t pay too much attention to the hype and set goals that mean something to you. Make them your own.
3. Set Measurable Goals
When you’re setting realistic fitness goals, it’s extremely important to plan them appropriately so that you can easily track your progress. Numbers will help you here. Compare these two goals:
Become stronger vs. Do 20 pushups
While the first goal may sound more motivational at first (we all want to become stronger), it’s absolutely impossible to measure it. On the other hand, doing 20 pushups sounds achievable and you can easily track your progress, especially if you add a timeline to your goal:
Do 20 pushups after one month of training.
4. Set Short-Term and Long-Term Goals
When you’re setting your fitness goals, it’s important to set both short-term and long-term goals. The short-term goals should be a lot more achievable than the long-term ones – they’re the ones that’ll keep you going. For your long-term goals, pick one or two goals that can be achieved over the course of several months or even a year, then break them up using some short-term goals. Think of these short-term goals as achievable milestones.
5. Focus on One Goal at a Time
It’s only too easy to set dozens of goals that will leave you feeling completely overwhelmed. That’s why you should focus on achieving one goal at a time and then moving on to the next one. Basically, keep in mind the big picture (your long-term goal) but focus on the milestones you’ve set as you go. Doing this will help you stay motivated and avoid any anxiety.
6. Seek Support
Even if you’ve followed all these goal-setting steps, it may still be difficult for you to stay motivated in the long run. A personal trainer will help you stay focused and maintain accountability. He or she will make sure you reach your goals in time and help you along the way.