You won’t know whether you’re a success in anything unless you set some goals to reach. Anything you’ve accomplished in life has been the result of goals. These goals may not have been formal or written, but you knew what you were aiming for when you worked toward the process. If you watch babies learn to walk, you know they have the goal of walking the minute they try to stand up or take their first step. As you mature, tougher goals need to be written down and formalized to make them easier to reach and more concrete.
Setting goals gives you a concrete result to strive to achieve.
If you set a goal like, “I will lose weight,” you will never reach it or you’ll reach it before you lost a sufficient amount of weight. The amount you lose could be anywhere from one half a pound to 100 pounds, but you set no specific amount. Be specific when you set goals so you can keep your eye on the prize. You also must set realistic goals for them to be of value. In fitness, a realistic goals would be losing 20 pounds in two months. An unrealistic goal would be to lose that same amount in a week.
Setting fitness goals shouldn’t be all about losing weight.
When you’re building muscle tissue, you might not see the scales drop as fast as it would if you weren’t. That’s because muscle tissue weighs more per cubic inch than fat tissue does. However, you will see inches fall away for the same reason. It takes a larger container to hold a pound of feathers than it does to hold a pound of lead. Measuring your success by just the amount you weigh neglects to account for your improved fitness, mobility, cardiovascular endurance and even clothing size.
Big goals should be broken down to smaller goals that are quicker to achieve.
If you were saving your pennies in a jar with a goal of collecting $10,000 when you cash them in at the bank, it could be pretty depressing. The same is true if you have only one large fitness goal. It can be overwhelming and so far down the road that you’re unable to picture it in your head. Before you know it, you’ll be discouraged. Breaking your goals down to smaller more achievable ones gives you a sense of accomplishment on the way to your big goal.
- Tracking your progress is important. There will be days when you’re discouraged for a variety of reasons. However, being able to see how far you’ve come via the tracking helps keep your motivation higher.
- You must set a time frame for each goal. Just saying you want to lose two pounds means nothing if you don’t have a specific time in which to achieve it.
- Make sure the goal is yours and something you want to do. Don’t start a program because a spouse thinks you should look thinner or because all your friends are doing it. Do it for your own health and satisfaction.
- Remember, our trainers have goals, too. Their goals are to ensure you reach your goals in the safest, fastest way possible.