Goal Setting

January 14th, 2013 by louisbeare

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This is the time of year many of us are making our New Year’s resolution. When it comes to making a fitness goal as part of that resolution there are a few things that you may want to consider.

1. Make it sustainable, achievable and realistic.

When you are thinking about your goals, try to think about what has and hasn’t worked for you in the past. The whole point of setting a goal is to create something that will challenge and push you, but will ultimately be achievable if you put in the time and effort. If for the past 5 years you’ve said, “I’m going to go to the gym everyday for the next 3 months!” and have failed every time then you need to pick a new goal.  Think about: How often do you already go to the gym? How committed are you to achieving your goal? What is keeping you accountable to achieving your goal?

 

2. Choose things that you enjoy or excite you.

When you pick things that you actually like doing you’ll naturally want to continue doing them and, in turn, will be more committed to following through on the goal you’ve set. If you love going to spin class include that in your goal. If you hate walking on the treadmill leave it out. There are so many options at the gym and in the community for you, so you don’t need to be doing things you hate when working towards your fitness goals.

 

3. Be specific.

It’s important to lay out exactly what you want to achieve. Just saying, “I want to be more FITT.” isn’t good enough. You have to pick something tangible to work towards. (Ex.: I want to be able to do 30 push ups. I want to run 10km in under an hour.) It becomes easier to stay focused on your goal when you have a clear vision of what you want to achieve.

 

4. Set a time limit.

What do we do when we have an open ended time limit? We NEVER do what we intended on doing. It’s just human nature. Setting a time limit helps us stay on track.  It might be a good idea to set mini time-dependent goals within your main goal to keep your progress rolling.

 

5. Record your progress.

Once you write your goal down it’s important to keep track of your progress in some way. You can do anything from checking off the days you exercised on your calendar to writing down every exercise you’ve done each day. If you’re keeping track, you’ll have a better chance of staying on track.

 

These tips can be very helpful whether your goal is to take your first few steps in a gym or climb to the top of a mountain. A plan, hard work and commitment are how you reach any goal.

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