Setting fitness goals seems easy at first, but making them realistic and achievable is often the most challenging part of the process. Goals are important to keep us on track, hold ourselves accountable, and encourage us to push through our comfort zone.
So how do you set goals and stick to them? Read on to find out.
How do I stick to my goals?
Focus on one thing at a time:
One of the biggest mistakes is setting too many goals at the same time. If you’re trying to lose 100lbs, achieve 100 push ups, and run 100 miles all within a week, this really isn’t very realistic and often by doing this, you’ve already set yourself up for failure from the start.
Once you feel like you’ve failed, this can often put you in a negative mindset and lowers your chances of achieving any goals because your motivation is already gone.
By focusing on one main goal at a time, you are providing yourself with more achievable goals, enabling you to stay focused and keep working to your full potential.
Lower your expectations:
It’s great to have high expectations but if you start with easier goals, you’re more likely to achieve them. You can then set the bar higher each time! The easier the goal, the more confidence you have that you can do it.
How do I set goals?
To start with, you can split your goals into categories such as building muscle, cardio, sleep, food, and recovery. Think about what you personally want to achieve and what you need to do to get there.
Remember to make these goals realistic, for example setting a goal to sleep for 8 hours a night is an achievable goal. So by getting yourself into this habit, you are improving your chances of success. Getting a good amount of sleep when training is also vital to your health and ensuring you are able to workout to your full potential.
If you struggle with healthy eating, you could challenge yourself to eat your 5 a day! Or if you want to build muscle you could set a goal for the amount of protein you need to eat. By choosing to eat the best muscle recovery foods, such as chicken, roasted vegetables, salad, and so on, you are giving your muscles the best chance to recover and be fit for your next workout.
You can set cardio goals such as running for 10 minutes per day, then build this up to 15 minutes, 20 minutes and so on. By staggering your increases in goals, you would be giving yourself the chance to acknowledge your improvement. You could also try setting goals for the number of reps or sets you can do with certain exercises. Again, make sure it’s not too hard and won’t result in injury!
Muscle recovery process after exercise
When setting fitness goals for yourself, the muscle recovery process after exercise should always be a top goal.
Try to incorporate rest and recovery into your fitness routine and set a goal to do stretches or recovery routines for a short amount of time per day. You could invest in muscle recovery products to help aid your recovery routine.
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