Aiming for a Fit Life Realistically: Goal Setting Tips for Health

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Seeing the well-defined muscle lines of a fitness expert can become either an inspiration or a frustration for new gym goers. A newbie in exercising can follow the regimen prescribed by an expert and will exert maximum efforts to achieve the goal of a healthy, if not perfect body.

This scenario is typically seen in instructive videos wherein the experts assure its captivated audience that their physique can be replicated just by doing steps one, two, and three on a regular basis. On the other hand, newbies can start exerting too much effort to achieve the expert’s physique in a short period while being exposed to the dangers of over fatigue, over exertion, and even life threatening injuries.

Those who are planning to set their fitness goals should reflect on these possibilities. All experts agree that fitness should not be a short-term plan. It should have continuity simply because being healthy for few years does not give license to be unhealthy next year. Even if it sounds easy and reasonable, many first time gym goers set unrealistic goals, which make the concept of being fit more confusing than productive.

Fitness experts advise that fitness goals should be a part of one’s daily routine for it to become doable and possible to achieve. Specific goals must be set over vague fit expressions such as “I want to be fit” or “I want to trim down my waist line”. Vague goals will not bring success to the one who set it simply because it is too broad to actually practice.

Goal setting should also have a measurement scheme for the effort exerted in exercising in a gym or joining a Pilates class. Being able to measure the progress towards the goal set allows a review of the goal whether it is truly attainable or effective.

Long-term goal setting can become too big and too intimidating to try especially for first timers. Goals are usually set to be challenges needed to be overcome to get the reward of living a healthier life. Long-term goals are usually results of broad brainstorming with an expert or with a personal trainer; people might need personal space in finding the best way of breaking down their long term goals to smaller, simpler, and more doable goals.

Short-term goals and immediate goals can be set to make the long-term goal more achievable through a system of achieving “sub-goals”. Breaking down the long-term goal into smaller pieces is like taking a bite off a large slice of pizza, the bite is more enjoyable than stuffing your mouth with more than what you can chew.

Fitness goal setting is without a hint of doubt a combination of physical and emotional readiness. Striving to become healthier comes at a great emotional toll, keeping your eyes on the goal can easily keep you on your track. Experts also advise gym goers to design a rewards system for themselves to keep them pushing forward, a new set of weightlifting gloves after a 15-pound weight drop will not hurt.

This is a guest post.  Fitness Editorial by – Weight Loss Holiday Retreat in the UK. 

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