Hello Fitness Enthusiasts!
GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAL! No, not that type of goal. We’re talking about health and fitness goals - what type of goals you should be setting, how to set realistic goals (and how to break these up into smaller, more easily achievable goals), and then how to achieve these goals. Doesn’t it feel good to achieve your goals? I know for me, it’s one of the best feelings and one of the main reasons I keep up with my own health and fitness routine. It’s important to have goals, and it’s equally important to achieve them.
First, let’s go over types of goals, and I’ll provide an example of each. These can include weight loss (lose 10 lbs), strength (bench press 200 lbs), health (lower cholesterol), competitive (win the track championship), or even general health and fitness (make 10 workouts in a row). You have to decide what is important to you. Why do you want to start or maintain a health and fitness routine?
Now let’s make these goals reasonable, and break them up into smaller goals so we can track progress on a monthly, or bi-monthly basis, rather than yearly. For example, you may want to lose 30 lbs. While this is a reasonable goal, assuming you have this amount of excess weight to lose (in a healthy manner), it doesn’t make much sense to set this as our short term goal. Instead, we might set a goal of losing 6 lbs in the first month (because weight loss will occur more rapidly in the first month), and then 3 lbs per month after that. This way, we will achieve our goal of 30 lbs overall weight loss in 9 months - and you get the satisfaction of achieving a goal every month instead of once a year!
Finally, once we set our goals, how do we achieve them? Well, this is the job of your trainer! Once you set your goals, your trainer will prescribe certain exercises and diet plans specifically tailored to you and your specific goals! For example, did you know that you might achieve your goals FASTER by not working as hard as you can each workout? In fact, if you work too hard, too often, you might even go backwards. Your trainer will know that, and some workouts might be easy on purpose, so that you achieve your goals sooner rather than later.
As always, do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or check out our website - www.FOWFitness.com
Andrew J. Dougan
Founder, Force of WIll Fitness