How to set realistic fitness goals that you'll actually achieve!

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Fitness Goals are important!  They hold us accountable and push up to achieve long lasting change!  But too many people set unrealistic goals and give up at the first sign of failure!  So  how do you figure out what goals to set to ensure you get to where you want to be? Here are some of my top tips to help you get to where you want to be:

1.  Focus on one goal at a time.

Don't set yourself too many goals at one time!  This is setting yourself up for failure as you become overwhelmed and feel like you are failing.  Start by focusing on one small goal that you can really focus your efforts into achieving such as getting your first pull up or completing your first fun run!  You will feel more confident and will then be able to focus on your next goal. 

2.  Make it measureable, specific and time-bound.

Making your goal measurable means you can track your progress. Setting yourself a goal that is also specific and time-bound, such as 'I want to be able to do more press ups in a minute by the start of summer' gives you a plan and helps you focus.  Using the SMART method is a great way to remember this - Specific - Measurable - Attainable - Relevant -Timely.

3. Make yourself accountable.

It's important to make yourself accountable when setting your goals.  Whether its telling a friend so that they can become a workout partner or setting a phone or calendar reminder to exercise - stick to it!  Writing down your goals is also really important and it is good to have them somewhere that you will see them everyday.  The fridge is a good option or next to your computer!

4. Be consistent.

Consistency is key!  Once you set yourself a goal, you need a plan to ensure you are consistent with your efforts.  Taking things steady to begin with and increasing your efforts over a period of time is far better than going all out and giving up because you cannot sustain it and lose motivation.

5. Track your progress.

Monitoring your progress will help you stay on track to achieve your fitness goal.  Keep a diary and include your day's fitness achievements or try using a fitness app to track your progress.  Whatever you choose, tracking gives you a visual indication of how well you are doing and what progress you are making.

4. Plan a support system.

When thinking about your goal, think about who in your life could be there to encourage, motivate, and hold you accountable. Then turn to them whenever you're in need of support. “Having people around you that you can rely on for support will make a huge difference to you getting to where you want to be.

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