Monday, 20 March 2017

Setting Fitness Goals

I'm sure this isn't the first time you'll have heard someone talk about the importance of goal setting and it's most definitely not going to be the last. But cliches aside, understanding the importance of goal setting and knowing how to set targets that suit you; is a crucial element in accomplishing great things.

'I Am Overweight' was the first time I talked about body confidence on my blog, that and my experience with weight gain and weight loss in general. Embarking on this journey hasn't been an easy ride however, its meant adjusting to a lot of new things such as; changing my routine to prioritize exercising as the first thing I do each morning, its meant constantly reminding myself to drink more water and to stop eating all the biscuits! But this doesn't mean I'm going to go cold turkey with my shitty habits come Monday morning, no... for once I'm setting goals that are achievable to me - achievable in a sense that, this is a life change and not a quick fix.

Here are my top 5 tips on 'Setting Fitness Goals'

1. Set SMART Goals:
SMART is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. These are commonly used in goal setting for businesses, but are now becoming quite frequently used with blogging and fitness related targets to. With SMART goals, you should set aside a purpose and an intention for what you are trying to accomplish. Once you are specific with your fitness goals, you can slowly start to measure your progress week by week. Keep these goals realistic and attainable to you – remember 1 lb to 2 lbs a week is perfectly healthy and acceptable in terms of weight loss.   

2. Create A Morning Routine:
Start your day with movement. Change up your routine to prioritize exercise as the first thing you do each morning, before or after a healthy breakfast - this gets your body moving, blood flowing and will increase your mood throughout the day. You’ll even notice a boost in your productivity, but if you’re still struggling with that… you should read my post on ‘How ToImprove Your Productivity’.

3. Accept Failure And Disappointments:
Have you ever heard that saying ‘fail to prepare, prepare to fail’? – this was a quote that hung in every classroom in my high school and it was something I can remember myself reading and re-reading over and over again in morning report. You need to accept that with every success, is a story of many failures. Don’t expect to lose 5 stone over night, but don’t give up on the idea either.  Give yourself the grace and self love you need to encourage yourself every step of the way – sometimes, you just have to be your own cheerleader.

4.  Show Up For Life:
Always try your best to be fully present in your efforts. Whatever your fitness goals are, make sure you make the most of your workout sessions. Be present and leverage your time spent in anything that you do – get rid of distractions. I often ignore my phone when I’m exercising, because this is essentially ‘my time’, that and I’m absolutely terrified of falling on the treadmill.

5.  Ask For Help:
The best thing I ever did for myself was to say my goals out loud. I told my friends, I told my family, I posted about it on Instagram. Doing this helped build a support network and a community of men and women who were on the same page as me. Starting anything new can be scary, you can feel alone and overwhelmed all at the same time… but when you have friends and loved ones cheering you on, it really makes the journey towards a healthier and better you, that little bit sweeter.

What fitness goals have you set aside this month? Have you achieved them yet?

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