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If you were really honest with yourself you would like to get fitter, be healthier, feel more energized or lose weight but you don’t know how to get there.  The first thing that you need to do is to set goals for yourself.  Not just,”I want to lose weight”, that’s too general.  A real goal would be I want to lose 5lbs, 10lbs, etc.  It has to be specific and measurable.  If it cannot be measured you cannot work out what needs to be done or indeed when you have reached their fitness goals.

It’s one thing to say “I need to get fit” but in reality what are you really saying?  Do you want to be able to walk up the stairs without getting winded, take a bike ride with the kids and actually enjoy it or are you aiming to run a marathon?  Knowing what you actually want to achieve is going to completely change what you do to get there.  Having defined fitness goals gives you something to aim for and allows you to plan how to get there.

Everyone will have unique fitness goals and it is important to remember that and not worry if someone is completely different than yours.  What is important is that you know what you want and that you know how to get there. Training in the gym with weights every day, although it will change your body shape and make you stronger, would be the wrong training for you if your main goal is lose 25 lbs.  Similarly running 4 days a week before work is not the right training for someone who has the goal of gaining muscle mass.

What training you do have to be tailored to your own fitness goals otherwise you won’t see the results that you want and your first reaction will be to QUIT!!  Keep help keep this from happening I’ve created a teaminternallyfit facebook and twitter page where you can get info, motivation, suggestions or just to discuss your personal struggles with others going through the same thing.

 So how do you set your fitness goals and what should they be like?

Well the easiest thing would be to say that you should set SMARTER goals!  Setting SMARTER goals makes sense and when applied to fitness goals can make a huge difference to the quality of your life.  Continue reading to see what I mean by putting SMARTER fitness goals in action.

S – Specific

M – Measurable

A – Achievable

R – Realistic

T – Time bound

E – Exciting

R – Recorded

So let’s say one of my fitness goals is to workout everyday. Is that a SMARTER goal?  Well, although it is measurable and quite specific it’s still not enough. I need to decide which workout I would like to complete (P90X, Insanity, Chalean Extreme, etc.)  and if its the most achievable workout for me.  I might not be ready for P90X, so I would maybe try a workout like Power 90, which is shorter and not as extreme.  Next, I need to decide what equipment I need and where I’m going to be doing the workouts.  I also need to record my goal in writing and my training plan too.  BUT most of all I need to feel excited by it! I need to want it.  It has to be something that holds my attention and makes me think wow!  It has to be exciting to me.

I have already set myself up for failure if I don’t really want to do it.  How am I going to find the motivation to get up and workout before work when I can always sleep in?   Basically I am not, and then I am not going to reach my goal.  When people tell me they’ve tried everything (NOT!!) but they still can’t lose weight my only suggestions is this, when you make up your mind you want to lose weight, you will lose it so fast you want be able to keep up.  Again, you have to want it, not just lip service.

To reach your health and fitness goals you should start recording your measurements and place before pictures where you could see them every day. This should help motivate you to want to workout every morning and  actually want to get up for those 4:30 A.M. morning workouts! Say to yourself, “I want to work towards it because it’s MY fitness goal”.

Fitness goals should be carefully considered because when you set fitness goals that excite you then you will find the motivation comes easily to undertake the training needed to get there. When you do eventually reach your fitness goals the feeling of pride and self-worth will allow setting more fitness goals for yourself, perhaps even more exciting ones.

The feeling of achieving the lifetime fitness and the confidence you gain from reaching your own personal fitness goals will spill over into other areas of your life too and you could find yourself achieving exciting goals in other areas too.


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