Setting any goal is a step in the right direction, but you have to be realistic if you want to achieve it. If your goal were financial, saving a million dollars in a year would be outrageous if you only earned $40,000 a year. Even saving $20,000 would be far too high, unless you had absolutely no expenses. The same holds true for fitness. If you want to lose 50 pounds, don’t set an unrealistic goal of shedding that weight in a month. Not only is it almost impossible, it would be unhealthy if you actually managed to come close.
Break down a larger goal into smaller ones you can achieve in a relatively short time.
Rather than going for the gusto, try breaking down the goal to smaller ones you can achieve easier. Start with a goal of losing ten pounds and make a month your time frame. It’s an achievable goal that won’t be easy, but still will be within reason. Once you’ve achieved that goal, set up the next one. You might make it twenty pounds in two months or stick with the original ten pounds a month.
The more you workout and the healthier you learn to eat, the easier it is to reach fitness goals.
Not everyone wants to lose weight, some people just want to be fitter and have more endurance and strength. No matter what your fitness goal, learning to eat healthier and exercising regularly can help you achieve it. Best of all, it gets easier the longer you practice those two things. You’ll find ways to cut calories and increase nutrients the more focused you are on your eating habits. You’ll also find workouts easier even though you’re probably doing more each workout. As you build strength and stamina, you’ll be more active in everyday life too.
You’ll burn more calories 24/7 as you become fitter.
Muscle tissue requires more calories than fat tissue does. While you’ll burn more calories when you workout, you’ll also be building more muscle tissue. That means you’ll be burning more calories 24/7 as it replaces the fat tissue on your body. That’s a boost in metabolism that helps you lose weight even faster. As you progress on your goals, you’ll be able to increase the weight loss goal or decrease the amount of time to lose it.
If you’re unsure how to set a goal or even what your goal should be, seek help from a trainer who will not only help you set the goals, but also design a plan to help you achieve them.
Never give up. Sometimes when we think we’re failing, but continue to stay on course, we see the most dramatic improvement. Track your progress and know you’ll accomplish your goals if you’re following your plan.
Make sure you include other important healthy habits, such as adequate sleep and drinking plenty of fluids.
Some people sign up for group training to help them get started. These groups are often led by personal trainers who will aid you in goal setting and creating a plan of action.