It’s the beginning of a new month. Goal setting time.
Why do most people not get results. They don’t set goals.
They may say “I want to lose 15 lbs” but they don’t have a plan to get there, they aren’t wording their goal properly or they aren’t writing them down.
10 Tips for Setting your Health and Fitness Goals
What do you want?
Are you looking to build muscle, strength or lose fat?
Make your goals attainable
Make your goals require a stretch but that they are still attainable.
Ian MacGregor, former AMAX Corporation chairman of the board:
“I work on the same principle as people who train horses. You start with low fences, easily achieved goals, and work up.”
Start with easier goals and work your way to more difficult ones so you will give yourself positive feedback.
If you are just starting, start with some smaller goals first and work your way up so you start to gain momentum. Just got a new workout DVD and you haven’t worked out before.
If you have never worked out before you shouldn’t be jumping into P90X doing the full workout 7 days a week. Start slowly.. Maybe 15 minutes per day. Too many people jump in head first and quit their workout programs in the first couple of weeks. Just look at the gym in January. By February most of the NEw Year’s resolutioners are gone.
Make your goals measurable
If you can’t measure your goals how do you know if you have achieved them? Take measurements for your neck, shoulders, arms, forearms, chest, waist, hips, thighs, calfs, and weight. Also take photos from the front, back, side, and even a diagonal shot.
Write your goals down on paper.
Goals have energy behind them when they are written down. Post them on the fridge so you can see and be reminded of them every day.
If you don’t want to set a specific number. You could say I want to complete X number of workouts this month.
“If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you. If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you. Whatever good things we build end up building us.” —Jim Rohn
When do you want to reach your goal?
Remember when you did projects in school. What did every project have? A deadline. If they didn’t have deadlines I don’t think anyone would have completed them.
What steps are you going to have to take?
Workout? Eat right? Cut Calories? Replace meals with a shake? Get up early to make time for these steps?
Come up with a plan to reach your goals.
Decide which steps are most important. I would put nutrition first because it’s said that weight loss is 80% diet, 20% workout. Many people lose weight every year without working out. I’ve worked out for years without losing weight. So as you can see, from my experience it’s true. But then again, I didn’t set any goals back then either.
Just get it done!
Time to get to work. Don’t sit around and wish for them to happen. Your goals aren’t magically going to be fulfilled. You have to get to work and follow your plan. Keep at it each day, even when it seems like you aren’t making any progress.
“A time comes when you need to stop waiting for the man you want to become and start being the man you want to be.” —Bruce Springsteen
Keep at it each day, even when it seems like you aren’t making any progress.
Momentum is key. Don’t’ let it go. If your workout program is only 4 days a week make sure to schedule in a walk on your rest days. You can go play with your kids outside. If it’s too cold out go for a walk around the mall. Do something that gets you off the couch and moving.
Make your goals public.
I realize that weight loss goals may not be something you want to make public. If you aren’t comfortable telling everyone maybe there are a few people you can tell. Get yourself a goals buddy that you can check up with each week. If you can’t find one then get someone that will at least ask you about how your goals are going each week. You’ll tend to work a lot harder at your goals if people know them. You don’t want people to think you are a failure.
Hope those tips were helpful.. Start writing them down and get moving..
Make sure you are also wording them properly.
Wrong: “I want to lose 15 lbs” this goal is already reached because you currently want to lose 15 lbs.
Right: “I am 140 lbs on October 31, 2013″. Write your goals in the present.
Thanks for reading.
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