You have to set realistic goals to be successful in any fitness program. Many people aim for the unattainable and get frustrated when they are unsuccessful.
Whether you want to lose weight or prepare for competition, realistic goals will help keep you motivated and focused.
There are a few things to consider when setting realistic goals. You want to make sure that your goals are measurable; you need a way to track your progress. This could be an exercise log or you can take your body measurement at 1 month intervals.
Then, you want to have a specific plan. Just stating that you want to lose weight is too broad - say you would like to lose 2 lbs a week until you reach your ideal weight. Here are a few examples of specific fitness objectives:
Reduce body fat by 5%
- Increase lean muscle mass by 10%
- Improve running time by 2 minutes in 2 weeks
Once you have your exercise purpose, you can create a plan that will help you reach them. Finally, your plan should be time oriented. For example, you could set up fitness targets for 3 months and six months. It is a great idea to consult with a personal training for help. They can really help you with a program that is tailored to suit your needs and set up realistic goals.
Once you have a fitness plan, you will find that reaching your exercise targets will be easier and more rewarding. You will motivated and determined to give 100%. So get out there and start today!