Whether you’re just starting a new fitness program, or you’re a seasoned workout pro, setting small, tangible fitness goals can help boost your overall health and wellness. After all, it’s all those ‘little’ changes that really add up to long-term success!
Here are some simple things you can do right now to achieve your ‘big-picture’ goals for better overall health and fitness:
People who write down their health and fitness goals tend to be more successful than those who don’t. Why? The simple action of writing down what you’d like to accomplish helps to bring attention to your goals, helping you clarify exactly what it is that you’d like to do.
Another important step in setting fitness goals is knowing exactly where you’re starting from. Baseline fitness testing, the process of assessing your current strength, endurance and overall wellness, will give you a clear ‘snapshot’ of how your body is functioning right now as well as a way to measure your progress as you move along with your fitness program.
You’ve heard it before, but it bears repeating – always consult your family doctor or primary medical caregiver before starting a new fitness regime, particularly if you are significantly overweight, or you have pre-existing medical conditions.
Your doctor will be able to help you set realistic goals that include age-standardized targets for your weight, resting heart rate and bone density – three measurable factors that can change with exercise.
While regular exercise should be included in your fitness goals, you’ll also need to monitor your diet if you hope to improve your health. Consider setting small goals when it comes to your diet, like cutting back on the amount of refined sugar you eat, increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables, and controlling your junk food cravings with healthy, low-fat alternatives.
It’s also important to avoid these ‘fitness pitfalls’ when setting health and fitness goals:
Sure, most people can lose 10 lbs by Thanksgiving – if they start in enough time! When setting fitness goals, be realistic with both time frames and outcomes, otherwise, you run the risk of harming your health and your self-confidence.
Everybody is unique – that’s why everyone needs to set their own unique fitness goals. If you spend to much time comparing your progress with others, you’ll lose sight of your own health and wellness goals.
Nobody’s perfect – even people who set fitness goals! If you’ve ‘fallen off the wagon’ when it comes to your fitness goals, don’t throw in the towel. Pick back up where you left off, otherwise, you’ll undo all the great work you’ve accomplished!
By setting small, realistic fitness goals, you’ll make big strides towards living a healthy, happy lifestyle!