07 Nov GOAL SETTING ~ 5 TIPS TO NAIL YOUR FITNESS GOALS
November is the perfect time to hit reset on your fitness/wellness goals! Everyone wants to feel great heading into the festive season so nows the time to get in some goal setting and set some new intentions. They say a goal without a plan is just a wish and we totally agree! Without taking some time to figure out exactly where you’re at, where you would like to be and how you’re going to get there chances are that goal will remain in the far distance! In this blog, we share our 5 tips to help you nail your fitness goals!
1. Be S.M.A.R.T
Your fitness goals should be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timed). Ask yourself what exactly do I want to achieve? How will I measure this achievement? Am I being realistic and how much time am I giving myself to achieve this? Setting a SMART goal means you really have to think about the detail rather than just plucking something out of thin air. The chance of achieving a SMART goal is much higher than just saying something like “I want to lose weight” or “I want to get fit”. Here’s an example: “I want to be able to run 5k without having to stop for a break. I believe this is realistic as I’m currently able to manage 3k. I will work towards being able to do this consistently within the next 3 months.”
2. Make yourself accountable
Whatever you do, don’t keep your goal to yourself! It’s really important to share your goals with someone you trust or if you don’t feel comfortable with that at least write it down and have it somewhere you’ll see every day! That way when the going gets tough you’ll have someone or something to keep you moving forward. Our best piece of advice in terms of accountability would be to find yourself a wellness buddy! Someone that you can trust to motivate and support you in nailing that goal. Social support is such a powerful tool, especially on those days when your mind is trying to talk you out of that workout! Read more on why you need a wellness buddy here.
3. Track your progress
There’s nothing more motivating than seeing positive results and personal progress from your own hard work, commitment and sweat! Get yourself a notebook and measure your progress in concrete ways. For example, if you are weight training, write down the weight and repetitions of each exercise, as you get fitter and stronger you’ll see the weight/reps increase. Write down all the little positive things that you feel for example; “Today’s workout felt easy compared to last week – my fitness is improving and I can feel it!” Also note down if you are feeling more energetic, sleeping better or feeling more confident! All these little things add up to big things and will help to keep you on track!
4. Don’t be too hard on yourself
Making a commitment to a healthier lifestyle is a tremendous achievement! Sometimes it may feel as if your fitness goal is a little harder to reach than you first thought it might be and it might take you a little longer to achieve it. Remember the saying ‘ Rome wasn’t built in a day!’ and ‘Good things take time!”. Whatever you do don’t beat yourself up or think you have failed. Remember that this healthy lifestyle thing is lifelong so don’t put too much pressure on yourself! When you feel a little down about where you might be at flip back to the start of that notebook, appreciate how far you’ve come be kind to yourself and enjoy the journey!
5. Celebrate your success!
Celebrate your achievements, no matter how small. For every fitness milestone you achieve, it’s important to praise your efforts and treat yourself! Maybe its a new set of running gear or lunch out with your wellness buddy!