How To Set Reasonable Fitness Goals
It's one thing to make a resolution and another to stick with it for 12 whole months. Anyone who regularly goes to the gym knows that the influx of new members wanes after just a few weeks. So how can you avoid being just another new gym member that forgets to exercise after January disappears?
Sustainable goals take time to become habits. You can't just write down your resolution on a single line of notebook paper and expect it to come true. Read on for ways to maintain your resolutions for the next 12 months.
Break It Down
Writing out your goal is a good way to start - but a single sentence won't cut it. Below your resolution, write out specific, detailed steps as to how you will achieve it. For example, if your goal is to "Get in shape," chances are good that you will struggle to follow through. This is because there's nothing measurable about it.
Instead of resolving to get in shape, pick something more concrete such as, "I resolve to exercise for 15 minutes a day, five days a week." Now there's a goal you can measure! From there, you can break it down into specific exercises, routines and days of the week. For a more nuanced look at the calories you're burning, use your nuyu™ Activity Tracker to keep an eye on the number of calories you burn during active periods.
Many people give up on their resolutions out of pure boredom. To avoid this, there are a couple things you can do. Keeping with the example from above, it would be a good idea to switch up the type of exercise you do each day. Not only would doing sit-ups every day become dull, it wouldn't work out every muscle group properly. Try running one day and doing yoga the next - it'll keep you interested and invested in your goals.
You might also find yourself surpassing your goals after a few months. This is a good problem to have. If, after four months, you find yourself over-achieving your goals, it's time to create a new target. Just be careful not to overextend yourself, as that could have the opposite of the intended effect. Try a month of exercising for 20 minutes, five days a week before moving on to longer periods of time or more intense routines. By the time next year comes around, you'll be in a great position to achieve even greater goals.