How To Set A Fitness Goal

How To Set A Fitness Goal

What’s your mindset when it comes to goal setting?

To achieve the health and fitness you want or need, you have to have a plan. This is true for anything you want to achieve in life.

“Fail to plan, plan to fail” is a well known but very accurate saying.

Goals are the end point of a plan. They give you direction and awareness of the steps you need to take to get to where you want to go.

So why don’t more people have solid plans and goals for their own health and fitness?

Fear of failure. If you don’t set the goal, there’s no opportunity for you to fail at achieving it, right?  This is not a good mindset and is usually based on past experiences and a misunderstanding of how to set and achieve goals.

Fitness goals are about implementing changes to the daily habits that contribute to poor health. Not everybody will have a goal of running marathon, most people are looking for improved daily health AND healthy aging.

The challenge isn’t the goal setting, it’s changing habits and lifestyle. If you don’t have a compelling reason or motivation to make these changes, chances are you won’t achieve them.

Here’s an example…

You want to improve your flexibility and daily stretching is the action step. You do the plan, set the goal but don’t think about the reason “why” you want to improve your flexibility. Life gets busy, you get tired, stretching losses it’s priority UNTIL you wake up one morning with an injury, maybe back pain, maybe knee pain.

Now your “why” has become a stronger priority. You set the goal again with a stronger conviction and have a different mindset about it.

Here is a really simple goal setting process that anyone can do.

  • Think about what you want to achieve.
  • Think about why you want to achieve it.
  • What would the consequences be if you didn’t achieve it.
  • Write a simple goal statement that starts with “I Am” or “ I Will”
  • Time frame it
  • What daily habit do you need to change?
  • What NEW daily habit to you need to put in place
  • Congratulate yourself every time you do the new habit

Lastly, enjoy the process and have fun with it!

Great health, fitness and wellness is the sum of small steps taken every day, the investment is priceless!

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