Many of us make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, start working on our overall health, and get fit. But how often do we actually achieve those goals? How often do we obtain the fitness level we were hoping for? How are we supposed to make goals that are easier to achieve?
Making goals, especially when it comes to fitness, can be challenging. We know what we want, we know where we want to be, but we often do not think about the difficulty it will take to get there, like the time it will take or the amount of effort we must put in.
MPowered Bootcamps is a great way to achieve the goals you are hoping for, with a great community to motivate you, trainers to push you, and different workouts every time to keep you from getting bored.
We know that fitness can be a challenging thing to work into your schedule, but we also know that reaching your fitness goals is an amazing achievement. We love seeing our members inch closer to their goals. Achieving your goal is easier when you know how to make achievable goals. This list will help you make goals that you can achieve.
Everyone has heard of SMART goals, and if you haven’t then it is no wonder reaching your goals is challenging. SMART goals help you make more realistic goals, which in turn, helps you achieve those goals. SMART stands for:
Setting specific goals is just what it sounds like. Don’t say you just want to lose weight. Pick a certain amount of weight you want to lose, or a fitness achievement you want to achieve (ex: lifting more weight, running a mile fast, finishing a workout with no breaks).
Measurable goals mean, simply, that you can measure your results. This could be pounds you’ve lost, inches gone around your waist, or even the time it takes you to run a mile.
Keep yourself accountable, or have someone else keep you accountable. It will help you stay with your goals, and keep you working towards them.
When making goals, you want to make sure you can in fact achieve them. Don’t make a goal to lose 50 pounds in a month, that is unreasonable and potentially dangerous, depending on how you go about it. Make small goals to start, and once you achieve those, you can increase your goal.
Giving yourself a timeframe will help you stay motivated until the end; with no end in sight, you may lose motivation to stay on track. Setting a timeframe for reaching your goals will help you work to achieve your goals before you run out of time.
Don’t Cut Everything Out
Changing your diet and cutting out certain foods, while also staying on top of your fitness, will help you reach your goals quicker. Eating healthier can help you lose weight, increase your metabolism, and even give you more energy that can be used in your workouts.
With that being said, cutting out everything you love will just make you hate the whole dieting thing. Give yourself one cheat, whether it is a cookie once a week, or your super sugary latte that your can’t live without. Just remember that you will have to work harder to burn the extra sugar. So when dieting give yourself a cheat, but when you are about to devour that fluffy donut, think about how much it will take to burn it off.
Tell Others Your Goal
This kind of goes hand in hand with the A in SMART goals: Accountable. You must hold yourself accountable, but that can be difficult. But when others are keeping you accountable, you are more likely to work hard to prove yourself.
Keeping your goals to yourself makes it easy to simply quit working towards them. But when you tell your spouse that you will lose weight so you guys can go on your favorite hike again, they will keep you invested in your goal. If you tell your kids that you will work hard to increase you fitness leaves so that you can play in the yard with them, they will make you want to work harder.
At MPowered, we believe in building a community and who better to share your health and fitness goals than with your trainers or new workout buddies.
Take Small Steps
There are different ways you can stay active throughout the day, and while taking the stairs rather than the elevator doesn’t seem like a major step in your fitness goal, taking the stairs every day will add up in the end.
Biking to work, walking your dogs farther than usual, and not parking in the closest parking spot, are only a few of the things you can do throughout your day to stay active. Even if you can’t make it to the gym, these things will help you in the long run. So next time you are about to step onto the elevator, back up and take the stairs instead. Such a simple thing can make all the difference.
Write It Down
Writing down your goal, and keeping a record of your progress will help you see that you are, in fact, making progress. Seeing results will get you excited to keep working towards your goal, show you how close you are to achieving them, and if you falter, how far you have come. So write down everything, from the foods you ate that day to the type of activities you did.
Goals are great and all, but you must actually want what you are working for. If you don’t really care, you will make excuses, quit, and fail at your goals. You must want to get fit, you must want to achieve your goals. Want it more than you don’t want to get up and get started. That is the main key to achieve goals.
With these goal making tips, you should be able to make goal that you can actually achieve. Don’t expect too much from yourself, don’t make excuses for yourself, and stay working as long as you can muster, in the end you will be glad you did.
MPowered Bootcamps can help you achieve your goals with fun, different workouts that keep you working different areas of your body. Get started on your well planned fitness plans today, sign up for our bootcamps, or contact us!