It is important to have fitness goals to give you something to work towards. Here are some tips for effective goal setting:
- Make sure your goals are realistic. If you’ve never run a mile, it is probably unrealistic to set a goal to run a marathon next month. However, a 5K may be perfect. Take into account your current fitness level, where you would like to be, and what it will take to get there.
- Make a plan & be specific. Rather than just stating that “I am going to get in better shape,” create a plan for how you are going to do it. Setting, dates, times and activities on your calendar can help make your plans more solid.
- Involve your family & friends. Asking your family and friends to encourage you can be great motivation when you “just don’t feel like it.” And, if you can involve your family or friends in your exercise plans—even better!
- Celebrate your accomplishments! When creating your fitness plan, don’t forget to set milestones and rewards. Keep in mind that rewards do not necessarily need to involve food or money. For example, a reward could simply be taking time for yourself to do something you enjoy—reading a book, watching a movie, going out with a friend, or whatever!