How to set and achieve realistic fitness goals

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As it’s often said, health is wealth. In order to achieve good health, exercise is crucial, and setting fitness goals is a great way to ensure progress is being made. However, it is important to set realistic goals in order to avoid feeling discouraged or overwhelmed. It is possible to set and achieve realistic fitness goals, which will lead to better health and overall well-being.

Firstly, start by analyzing the current level of fitness. Consider what one can currently achieve and what areas need improvement. The goal should be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART). An example could be to run a mile within 10 minutes by the end of the month.

Secondly, it’s important to create a plan. Based on the analysis in step one, the plan should be able to achieve the goal. For instance, if the goal is to run a mile under 10 minutes, the plan would include running 3 times a week for a duration of 30 minutes each time. Additionally, it is imperative to create accountability. This means involving a friend, family member or a fitness expert to help hold one accountable and ensure motivation is continuous.

Thirdly, keep track of progress. Record progress weekly or monthly in a journal or a smartphone application. This helps to keep track of what worked and what didn’t work, and make necessary changes to the plan. In other words, celebrate small wins and learn from setbacks. Also, do not be hard on oneself, trying to achieve the goal within the set time frame strictly. If an additional week is needed to meet the goal, adjust the plan accordingly.

Fourthly, maintaining consistency is highly essential. It takes dedication and effort to achieve fitness goals, and consistency will ultimately lead to success. Consistency with the plan and a positive attitude are important to achieving the desired fitness goals, and it should become an integral part of one’s everyday routine. Consider incorporating fitness activities into daily routines such as doing, lunges, or squats while watching TV.

Finally, celebrate achievements, both small and big. Celebrating milestones keeps one motivated and boosts confidence. For instance, after achieving the goal of running a mile in 10 minutes, celebrate it by treating oneself to something special such as a spa day, massage or a favorite treat.

Setting and achieving a fitness goal is a worthy endeavor that requires dedication, discipline, and commitment. A SMART plan along with accountability, progress tracking, consistency, a positive attitude, and celebrating achievements are key elements to making a successful and fruitful journey towards fitness goals.


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