Gone are the days when fitness goals only pop-up as one of people’s top New Year’s Resolutions. Today, health consciousness is a growing trend in recognition of the many health threats present including the prevalence of sedentary jobs and lifestyle, fast food, pollution, food preservatives, couch entertainment and more. The growing awareness of people to the importance of good health encourages others to do the same. Moreover, more people know the massive long-term benefits they can gain from choosing a healthy lifestyle, apart from enhancing their physique and boosting their confidence.
However, in spite of the popularity of this growing trend, some people remain clueless on how to begin their journey towards a healthier life. Some who already started somehow failed to provide consistency over time and got back to their old ways. The secret to consistency, aside from character, discipline and dedication are setting up fitness goals that are actually doable and provide for more enthusiasm as the journey pushes on. But how do you make achievable fitness goals? Here are some tips.
1. Start from Small Towards Big
One of the top reasons why some people stop working out or eating healthy is that they become overwhelmed with their fitness goals. Instead, experts advise people to begin in small increments towards huge fitness aims. Say, for example, instead of committing to do 2-hour workouts everyday start at 20-30 minutes. It is also best to do this in your home gym with minimal equipment so you don’t get overwhelmed at the thought of dressing up and going to the gym. Find out how to make the best home gym here.
2. Tie Workouts in Small Time Frames
Do not create long-term (bi-annual or annual) fitness goal yet. Start in small time frames and tie your workout plans with it. Instead of quarterly workout plans, create weekly plans first with corresponding workout times. Create contingencies for days when you can’t workout, but don’t be too lenient. This will allow yourself to develop momentum overtime. Feel free to increase frequencies when you feel like it.
3. Be Creative in Measuring Success
Often, fitness milestones are measured in pounds and inches, but this need not always be the case. You can also measure it by your ability to walk further, feeling better about yourself, less pain, more energy throughout the day, or sleeping better. These are sometimes more encouraging measurements as it directly provides a noticeable output.
4. Create as Many KRAs as Possible
Recognizing as many Key Result Areas as possible for as benefits of your workout without added labor can help you motivate yourself. So instead of pounds and inches, you can also recognize the effects on your blood pressure, blood sugar, and other health benefits. These KRAS can be health-related, confidence-building, or even a feeling of better-ness.
5. Find a Fitness Buddy
Having someone to help motivate you and monitor your fitness milestones is very helpful. Find a friend with the same goal and help each other exercise better. This can also serve as your accountability network that will push you into achieving your goals.
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