Getting into shape is important for a number of reasons. Improving your fitness is great for losing weight as well as for enhancing your health overall. Chances are, you have tried before and not met with great success. Following are tips on how to set fitness goals and why.
Fitness goals means that you make a decision as to what you specifically want to achieve. You can think about it like deciding to go on a road trip. First you need to decide where you are going to drive. Your fitness goals are like a map of how to get to your destination.
Therefore, you first need to figure out what you want to achieve. Do you want to fit in to a specific clothing size? Do you have certain level of fitness you want such as running a set number of miles? Or do you have in mind the number of inches or pounds you want to lose?
Whatever it is, this is your destination. Now, you have to think about how to break the trip up into manageable goals. Psychologically, this is really important for helping you stay on track. If you are trying to lose 50 pounds, it can feel like you will never get there. If you break that into 5 pound increments, each time you lose another 5 pounds, you will feel like you are making progress and this will keep you going.
As you are setting those mini-goals, you need to be sure they are realistic while also challenging you. Start out a little easier and then work yourself up to more as you get into the swing of things. You often find that it is harder at the beginning but, once you get going, it keeps getting a bit easier.
If your goal is to lose weight, you also need to have goals as to how that will be achieved, like an exercise program. Many times people who have a lot to lose have some difficulty exercising and can only manage walking at first. Walking is a great way to get started, even if you can only manage 10 minutes a day in the beginning.
Make goals for continually increasing the amount or difficulty of the exercising you are doing, whatever it is. If a 10 minute walk is all you can manage for the first day, just do it every day the first week. The following week, try to increase to 15 minutes per day. Once you get your regimen under way, you will probably be able to increase more than 5 minute each week.
You may want to get some help both with setting your fitness goals as well as working towards them. A fitness trainer, for example, can really help you stay motivated. These are professionals who understand what kind of goals are realistic for the fitness level that you currently have.
Remember that you did not get where you are overnight. Improving your level of fitness and losing weight will take time if you do it the healthy way. By setting goals and sticking with them, you will be making lifestyle changes that can keep you healthy for years to come.
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