Fitness, fitness, fitness! The word affects people in many ways, for some it strikes fear and panic, for others such as myself sheer excitement and joy, just the thought sweating profusely on the treadmill and then throwing a few dumbbells around the gym leaves me all tingly (‘strange woman’ I hear you say).
Making fitness a part of your lifestyle doesn’t have to be complicated at all, in fact it is much easier than sticking to a healthy eating regime. So for those who WANT to integrate fitness in their life, where do you start? Simple, from the very beginning.
- What is currently preventing me from reaching my fitness & health goals?
- What sacrifices am I willing to make to reach my fitness & health goals?
- How committed am I?
Before joining any group, boot camp or gym take time to answer the above question honestly, once you have done that write down your fitness short, medium & long-term goals.
Having goals makes it easier to get out of a rut and push toward a fitter, healthier future. In fact having goals are ways to ensure motivation, keeping you in motion, especially if faced with difficult situations, stress or depression.
Setting goals is a great way to improving self-esteem. If you think you can’t do something, setting a goal and working toward it will help you see that sometimes it’s simply a matter of persevering, this way there is less chance feeling lost and bored.
Short-term goals should be considered as stepping-stones toward achieving your medium and long-term goals.
Long-term goals serve the purpose of helping you plan your future… This is especially important when you’re working toward achieving an important healthy milestone.
Your Goals should be SMART
Experts recommend using the SMART principle when setting goals. SMART – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. Setting SMART Fitness goals that meet these principles are important, otherwise it may be too hard to make sense of them.
S specific, significant, simple
M measurable, meaningful, motivational
A attainable, achievable, acceptable,
R realistic, relevant, reasonable, rewarding, results
T time-based, timely, tangible, traceable
Next week find out HOW to plan for your new fitness regime.