2023 Fitness Goals, Are the attainable?
We are 2 weeks into the New Year and have our goals been set too high? Let’s check in and recalibrate to ensure that we reach success on our fitness journey.
By: Terry Barga
Having attainable fitness goals is essential for maintaining motivation and making progress towards achieving a healthier lifestyle. Setting unrealistic or unachievable goals can lead to frustration and ultimately giving up on the pursuit of fitness altogether. Instead, it’s important to set realistic and specific goals that can be accomplished within a reasonable timeframe.
One way to set attainable fitness goals is to use the SMART criteria. This acronym stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. Using this framework can help ensure that your goals are well-defined and achievable.
For example, instead of setting a general goal like “I want to lose weight,” a specific and measurable goal would be “I want to lose 10 pounds in 3 months.” This goal is specific and measurable because it states a specific weight loss target and a specific timeframe in which to achieve it. It is also achievable because losing 10 pounds in 3 months is a realistic goal for most people. Additionally, it is relevant to overall health and well-being, and time-bound, which means it has a defined end date.
Another way to set attainable goals is to start small and gradually build up to larger goals. For example, if you have never exercised before, it may not be realistic to start by training for a marathon. Instead, start with something more manageable, such as a daily walk or jog around the block. Once you have established a consistent exercise routine, you can gradually increase the intensity and duration of your workouts. This approach allows you to build momentum and confidence, making it more likely that you will achieve your long-term fitness goals.
It’s also important to keep in mind that fitness is a journey, not a destination. Rather than focusing solely on the end result, it’s important to enjoy the process and celebrate small victories along the way. For example, instead of only focusing on the number on the scale, celebrate non-scale victories such as being able to run a mile without stopping or completing a challenging workout.
In addition to setting specific and achievable fitness goals, it’s also important to have a plan in place to achieve them. This may include identifying specific exercises or activities that you will do, scheduling regular workout times, and tracking your progress. Having a plan in place can help increase accountability and make it easier to stay on track.
In conclusion, having attainable fitness goals is essential for maintaining motivation and making progress towards a healthier lifestyle. By using the SMART criteria and starting small and gradually building up to larger goals, you can increase your chances of success. Remember that fitness is a journey, not a destination and it’s important to enjoy the process and celebrate small victories along the way.