Having fitness goals is a great way to hold yourself accountable, push yourself harder than you thought possible, and overall a healthy thing to do. But how do you set realistic goals that you can achieve, that allow you to see changes in your body and that keep you motivated and working hard? Newsflash: There’s isn’t a pill, shake, or other easy out methods to achieving your fitness and health goals. So read on to learn some ways of setting health goals – and sticking to them!
People have many different goals when it comes to fitness. Weight loss, getting a PR, cutting out sugar, getting more sleep – the list goes on. No matter what your goal, it needs to be actionable and measurable, and you need to be held accountable. I’m sharing the steps I take when making and working towards my health goals.
Have you ever heard the term “SMART GOALS” before? It stands for “specific,” “measurable,” “attainable,” “relevant,” and “timely”. Using the SMART Goals method toward your health and fitness goals is a great option and one that I personally use.
Set your goal and then break it down
I always start by setting my specific goal – ie: learning to do a pull-up. Next, I break it down into measurable steps that I can accomplish along the way, such as 15 bodyweight inverted rows, which will help me get to doing a full bodyweight pullup.
Set the timeframe
Having your goal and steps is especially important if your goal is long-term. If it is going to take you 6 months to achieve your objective, then it is doubly important to have small victories so that you feel rewarded and motivated. Be realistic with your timeframe. Pushing your body to run a 6-minute mile within one week when you currently run a 10-minute mile is probably not realistic.
Track your daily habits
No matter your goals, keeping track of your daily habits and activities will help you in achieving your overall goal. Track your running time, or what steps you accomplished along the way to your goal. Keep it simple with our printable Health & Fitness Journal or find an app on your phone that will help you track your workouts, your meals, etc. Each item you write in your journal is a step in the right direction!
Be honest and realistic with yourself
When setting goals you need to recognize personal patterns that may hold you back. Look at where you’ve been and where you want to go and be realistic when setting your fitness goals. Consistency is key, but we all know life gets in the way. Be mindful that you may need to make adjustments once in a while to keep you on the right path, and that’s okay.
Don’t forget to reward yourself!
Have you reached your goal? It’s time to celebrate! Get your hair done, get a massage, do something that will make you happy and that is just for you. You would reward hard work from others, so don’t forget to reward it from yourself!
You’re reading this post, so I assume you have a health or fitness goal in mind already, but if not, that is okay! I hope you’ve been inspired to try to set one. I’ve created a printable worksheet that will help you identify your goal and the steps that you can take to achieve it.
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Before you go, tell me in the comments below what your goal is! I’ll happily be your cheerleader.