How to Set and Stick to Your Fitness Goals
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Do you have trouble staying motivated and sticking to your fitness goals every year?
You’re not alone. Experts estimate that up to 80% of New Years’ resolutions (especially goals related to health and fitness) are abandoned by February.
That’s why I’m here to help!
Read on, and let me share my tips for finding the right motivation to set, reach, and stick to healthy habits, so you can achieve your fitness goals year after year.
Specific Fitness Goals
You may have heard that the best goals are SMART goals. Let’s break down this important acronym starting with the “S” for “specific.”
To achieve any goal, you need to have it clearly in mind. The more specific it is, the more likely you are to achieve it.
Take a look at these examples:
- I want to improve my health.
- I want to run a mile without becoming out of breath.
Of course, we all want to be healthier — but, that’s not a very specific goal. “Good health” could stand for anything. The second statement sets a clearer milestone (pun intended). Running for a mile, without getting winded, could mean you’re in “good health.”
Think about what you specifically want your fitness goals to be. This will help you measure your progress more easily, which is step two of the SMART goal process.
Measurable Health Goals
It’s important to keep track of your progress.
Your fitness goals should be measurable and trackable, either by time, repetitions, or ability.
For example, you might consider specific, measurable goals like:
- Starting a home workout routine five days a week
- Walking for 10 minutes every afternoon after work
- Using a step-tracking app to help you hit 10,000 steps a day
- Be able to do 30 push-ups in 30 days
- Keeping a food diary to track your macronutrient intake
It might take some time to get the hang of, but I am always willing to help you create specific, measurable goals, and help hold you accountable to reach them.
Find Your Accountability
You’ll have days where the struggle is real. Motivation doesn’t always come easy, and it helps to have someone (or someones) to hold you accountable. Whether it’s a friend to walk with, or a group to workout with, finding support is an important part of workout success.
If you choose to join the #sweatysisterhood you’ll gain instant access to 24/7 accountability! You’ll have someone to push you, and build strong, long-lasting relationships while also having someone there to make sure you never lose sight of your goals.
Make Realistic Goals
It’s okay to dream big, but it’s also important to be realistic. You don’t want to take on too much, too soon, and risk injury or burn out. Be kind to yourself, and start with small, attainable goals you can build up over time.
It’s okay to have a lofty long-term goal in mind, but you need to break that big goal into smaller, more achievable steps. Some example goals could be:
- Walking or riding your bike to work instead of driving (if it’s close enough)
- Start a basic weight training routine at home
- Wake up 30 minutes earlier to exercise before work
Whatever fitness goals you choose, be sure they’re realistic, and that you make the time to complete them.
“I’ll start my diet tomorrow” is a common trap we’ve all fallen into. And we all know — tomorrow never comes.
So, set a clear start and end date for your fitness goals, and be sure to have someone there to hold you accountable to stick to those deadlines. Sticking to a routine can be easier said than done, but that’s why I encourage my #sweatysisters to be there for each other without judgment. Don’t be afraid to slip up, we’re all human, and we’ll always be here for each other to guide one another back into a routine.
You also don’t need to carve out a crazy amount of time each day, I know your busy! Who has time to spend hours in the gym? I try to make working out quick and easy for my members by offering high-intensity and strength training workouts (for all fitness levels) that can be done anytime, anywhere, in just 24 minutes a day.
Reach Your Fitness Goals With Jen’s Get Fit Group
The best fitness goals are the ones you’re motivated to reach. Just remember to be S.M.A.R.T about it! There will be days when you just don’t feel like working out, and that’s when the #sweatysisterhood is here to help you stay motivated!
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