Setting Reasonable health and fitness Goals
This is the part of the New Year that can set you up for success, or set you up for trouble. The goals you set should be challenging—you want to better yourself, right? However, they should also be achievable.
If you decide you want to lose 50lbs in a month or two, you will likely be disappointed by your results no matter how much effort you put in. Not because you aren’t capable of losing the weight or because you’re doing anything wrong, but because the goal just isn’t reasonable for the majority of people.
Remember, you didn’t put the weight on overnight and you can’t expect it to come off overnight. Instead, opt for more reasonable goals such as losing 5-8lbs in a month.
The same concept can be applied to fitness goals. Instead of setting out to compete in the most challenging road race or triathlon your town has, even though you haven’t been working out lately, try setting smaller goals. Exercising 3 times a week is a good goal if you’re just getting started.
It doesn’t matter what you choose to do, as long as you keep yourself motivated to do it. Here are a few things to keep in mind while setting your health and fitness goals for 2015:
• Choose your goal, then break it down
Small goals set you up for success because you can celebrate the milestones as you reach them. This could be setting five pound milestones if you are trying to lose weight or distance and speed milestones if your goals are fitness related.
For goals relating to healthy eating, try switching out one or two unhealthy food items per week instead of completely overhauling your diet and feeling deprived
• Make sure you can track or measure your goals
This allows you to look back and see evidence of your progress, even when you feel like you haven’t made any and help you recognize trends that help or hinder
• Try to set goals with actions verbs so you know what to do
Instead of general goals like “work out more” try setting a goal such as “go running three times a week”
• Make yourself accountable
Write down your goals, join group with similar goals, or share your goals with a friend or family member. These things will help you stay accountable and make progress toward your goals instead of putting them off.
• Don’t be afraid to revise your goals
Just because you set a goal at the start of the year, or the start of your journey whenever it may be, does not mean your goals are set in stone. You may discover that your initial weight goal is too high or too low as your body changes and you become healthier or you may discover that you absolutely hate running even though you set a goal to run a marathon and you would rather cycle instead. There’s no reason you can’t adjust your goals as your mind and your body change throughout the journey to your health and fitness goals.
The New Year is a great time to evaluate your life and your health. Richard and Louise and the Fresh Start team would like to make this your healthiest year yet and help you on your way!
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