Setting Reachable Fitness Goals
Fitness goals are the roadmap of your expedition to better health. But sometimes, they can feel impossible to reach. If you’re struggling to reach those goals, it may be time to take another look at exactly what they are and how you’re getting there.
Many times, fitness plans are treated like an afterthought instead of a crucial step in the process. It’s time to get focused on your goals and your plan to get you there. So, let’s talk about setting goals that are achievable without stressing yourself out.
Let’s Get SMART!
You may have heard of the SMART Method. It’s a great way to structure and track goals and objectives. The SMART method breaks down your goals to follow certain criteria:
Setting a “good” (achievable) goal includes considering each. While this has been used for business and productivity, it’s a great method to apply to your fitness and health goals as well.
This should be a specific, measurable goal going beyond the vague resolutions to “get healthy.” It’s easy to get off-track when you don’t know exactly what you want to achieve. A better goal would be to “lose weight” or “run a marathon.” Make your goals quantifiable in some way.
Figure out what you want to accomplish and write it down! Studies show that you’re going to be able to commit to things better if make your fitness goals a tangible thing.
Once you have your ultimate goals in hand, set them to the side. It seems counter-productive but it’s going to help you in the long run. The next thing to do is to take your ultimate goals and break them down into smaller, more easily attainable parts. These micro-goals – or milestones – are a great way to make your bigger goals feel achievable.
Set a timeline for each micro-goal that is realistic but not lax. If you want to run a marathon, for example, start by setting a mileage micro goal that comes with a date you want to achieve it by. Maybe try to prep for a 5k in six weeks or something similar. Giving yourself a realistic, flexible deadline to keep you moving forward!
Ask Yourself Why
Anytime you set a new fitness goal, to think about why you’ve chosen it. Your goals should be personal, important, and meaningful. If you know take the time to consider why they are relevant, you’re going to be more connected to seeing the outcome at the finish line.
If you see eating healthy or exercising as a chore, it will shape the way you view it. It becomes a negative task you must do instead of something positive you do for the benefits. If you want to reach any goal, you’ll need to consider each step of the process for what it does for you. When this becomes a chore, you may need to step back and consider your methods. It might be time to switch things up a little bit.
Let go of vague resolutions and half-hearted planning. Hold yourself accountable. In the end, it all comes down to getting a plan that works for you and sticking to it.