Setting a fitness goal is one of the most important things for a successful journey of a fitness lifestyle. Having a goal will keep you focused and remind you to keep with it during the tough workouts, uninspired days, and in tempting food situations. Goals also help guide our training. But fitness goals aren’t really taught to us in school nor are they mentioned in fitness articles. So, here are my four rules to follow to help you form your fitness goal.
#1. Your goal needs to be uncomfortably attainable. If your goal is so far out there you won’t really believe that you can achieve it, you won’t nor should you really try to. For example, if I were to set my goal to be the next Mr. Universe I would quickly get fed up or subconsciously not really try. I am a “hard gainer” bulking is not easy for me; and I am too short to ever look like Arnold Schwarzenegger. However, when I set a goal to be under a certain body fat percentage and to be strong and as athletic as possible, those are attainable for me and I work hard to meet them.
#2. Your goal needs to be something you are driven to achieve. This one is pretty straight forward, but it does take some real soul searching to figure out what you really want. Don’t follow a TV add or magazines advice, they are trying to sell something. You may want to consider the opinion of friends or family, especially if they are trying to help you towards a healthier lifestyle. But ultimately your goal needs to be YOUR pick.
#3. Your goal needs hard numbers. If your goal is to lose weight, great! Now just sit in a chair for an hour and you’ll burn some calories and exhale water weight. If you want to make serious progress you need to track it. Have a start and stop date, I want to be under x percent of body fat by x date, is a good start. You will also want to track your progress along the way to see if you are on track or if you need to adjust your routine.
#4. My favorite goal setting rule. Set an additional reward. When you reach your fitness goal the elation of getting there is truly a reward in its self, trust me. So then you might ask, “Why the additional reward?” The answer is simple, it gives you a chance to reflect on the progress you made, and it will encourage you to follow through as well as make more goals for fitness and in other parts of your life. So treat yourself… then get back to work!