There are a lot of things that we want to do in life. We have a set of career goals and personal goals. Whichever goal that we want to accomplish, we can either plan for it and make an effort or just do nothing and hope to achieve it one day. Just like a difference between professional swimmer who knows exactly how to swim in the water to get to the finish line. And a normal person who doesn’t know swimming and simply jumps into the water and haphazardly moves his arms in the hope of getting to the finish line. To achieve anything, you need to have a strategy or a plan that you can follow. For example, if fitness is your goal, then you will find out what exercises you need to do, you will formulate meal plans so that you can eat healthily, and become fit. You just can’t show up at the gym one day and think you’re going to lose all the excess weight and have a fit body instantly.
Achieving your goals is not something random. It is planned therefore it is successful. The same is true for your fitness goals. If you know what you want, you can come up with the proper steps to reach there.
Here we have some ways that you can easily meet your fitness goals:
1. Keep the Goal in Mind
Before you know how you can achieve your goals, you have to know what it is that you want to achieve. It could be anything like losing fifty pounds to getting a six-pack. Once you have your goal, put it in writing, this makes sure that you will stick to it. A goal in mind is a goal half-realized. Put the piece of paper in a place that it is visible to you and you get to see it multiple times a day. You have to keep reminding yourself of the goal.
2. Break It Down
Once you have your long term goal in mind you need to break it down into smaller goals so that you can easily achieve it. The fact is that whatever your end goal is, you will not get there in a few days or even in a few months. It could take a long time. And no one can wait that long for something to happen. So you have to give yourself shorter, easily achievable goals that you can complete in a short period and feel good about it. If you want to lose 50 pounds, break it down into multiple steps for example losing five pounds a month, or if you know you are going to have trouble, you can even make it two to three pounds per month. Once you have made up your mind, write it down as well. Now you should have a big end goal and smaller goals in between to achieve your target.
3. Make Your Goals Measurable
You know your goals but you don’t know how or when you are going to achieve them. You can do it randomly and check now and again to see where you are standing. Goals that can be measured are much more doable. Not only do you have an internal clock that will keep telling you how far you have come, but there is also the pressure when you see how much time is left and how much effort you still need to do. If your short term goal is to lose two pounds, make sure that you give yourself a deadline.
4. Keep Realistic Goals
Everyone would like to reach the moon and aim for the stars, but those are not goals that will do you much good. Make sure that your goals are attainable and realistic, otherwise, you are just setting yourself up for failure. When we keep unrealistic goals, we quickly fall off track which leads to frustration and anxiety. Keeping your short term goals realistic will give you a better chance of attaining your long term goal. Also, don’t set up long term goals that are too aggressive. You should know what you can do and make sure that you give yourself enough time to complete them. We know that sometimes you might be in a rush to reach your goal, but you have to be patient.
5. Make Specific Goals
You could write on a paper that you want to lose two pounds in two weeks. Or you can write that you will lose two pounds in two weeks by following a certain meal plan and exercise routine. You can also add details about your meal plans and any supplements that you are taking. The more specific your plan is the better you can follow it.
6. Find Motivation Inside You
The funny thing about motivation is that it works best when it is coming from within. If you don’t feel like doing it then chances are that you will not do it. There may be some goals that you will accomplish faster than others. This is because you had the intrinsic motivation.
7. Have Fun
If you have followed the above point, this one will not be such a big problem for you. We all know that achieving a goal is a journey. It could be a short one or a long one depending on what you want to achieve. Just imagine what would happen if you had to go through it without any enthusiasm because your heart was just not into it. Find ways to make the journey fun and entertaining. This will make sure that you reach the end of your goal. Have a friend with you if it is possible. This means that you have to think about your short term goals and find out whether you are into them or not. For example, if you don’t like jogging but you like yoga, then select yoga. If your meal plan has something that you don’t enjoy, but you think that you have to eat it because it is healthy, then change it for something that you do enjoy and that has the same benefits as the previous element.
8. Stick to It
We all face hardships and challenges along the way. There will be days when you won’t have what it takes to head to the gym or days when you might feel like cheating on your meal plan. The key is to stay on track. Instead of cheating on your meal plan, come up with a reward for yourself for sticking to your meal plan. The same goes for your workout routine. If you leave the office and don’t feel like going to the gym, come up with a quick reward for yourself for going to the gym. When you are done with the workout, make sure that you reward yourself.
Achieving a target is not an easy task it requires much effort, hard work, and constant dedication. Hopefully, by following the above tips you can easily stay on track and reach the fitness goals that you have set for yourself.