Setting goals when trying to adjust body shape, gain muscle or even improving your health is the very first step you need to do. All too often, people set goals that are unrealistic and results in them becoming demotivated to continue. When you begin setting goals and you start working towards them, you need to revisit them frequently to assess and examine how far you have come and what the next steps are in terms of achieving this goal in your timescale you established from the outset.
All too often when it comes to adjusting your body shape, people set over-ambitious goals that they are unlikely to achieve. Setting an arbitrary number that you want to achieve is not always a good way to start. The shape of your body can fluctuate on a daily basis and by setting such a number for you to achieve, it’s never going to tell you the whole story and you will become demotivated very quickly.
The purpose of setting goals to assist in your exercise and body shape routine is an important aspect, it can keep you motivated day after day when the goals you set are realistic. Setting goals should push you and your boundaries, but they should be realistic and reasonable.
Setting goals like:
- Completing your workouts for the week.
- Completing the Apple Watch activity rings on a daily basis or even a monthly challenge.
- Standing up whilst at work and stretching regular intervals throughout the day.
- Going for a walk or a run in the evening as opposed to sitting down and watching a series on TV.
When setting your goals, it’s important to put these into perspective. Ask yourself:
- Do I believe my goal is realistic?
- What do I need to do to reach this goal?
- What is my timeline as to when I need to achieve this goal?
- How can I achieve my goal? What steps do I need to take?
- What’s my reward for when I achieve my goal?
Once you have established your goal and you’ve asked yourself the questions and provided answers, it is important to stick with your plans. Goals like changing the shape of your body will not happen overnight, this requires commitment, determination and consistency. Over a period of time, you will build strength, endurance and coordination, but it’s integral for your goals to form part of your daily living.
One of the best tips I can offer for someone who is looking to establish their very first fitness goal is to give yourself simple goals and time. Ensure you focus on what you do healthy right now and the rest will come. Ensure you have a positive mentality and your goals will be easily reached.