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5 Tips to Make Fitness Goals That Stick

By Kate Gardner

If you've ever worked out with a partner, you know that what works for one person won't necessarily work for another. Fitness isn't a one-size-fits-all endeavor and fitness goals shouldn't be either. Your fitness goals should be personalized, a reflection of where you are now and where you want to be. But how do you make great fitness goals that you'll actually achieve? 

Goals That Stick

Fortunately for us, Self magazine spoke with several fitness experts for tips on creating fitness goals that will motivate you and keep you on track. 

  • Personalize it - When you see others make great strides towards their fitness goals, it can be easy to want to be just like them. However, what others are doing may not be in line with where you're at or where you want to be. My sister-in-law is an amazing marathon runner. Sometimes I daydream about joining her, but the truth is that's not a fitness goal I'm invested in. I will be far more successful if I make a fitness goal that truly interests me. 

  • Make it SMART - The SMART method of goal development goes like this: Make goals specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely. Fitness goals that fit each of these factors are more likely to be goals that mean something to you and you'll stick with. 

  • Know your motivation - When you're making goals, your motivation counts for a lot. If you're trying to lose weight, understanding why can help keep you on track. Knowing your motivation can also tune you into key emotional issues that are tied up in your goals. 

  • Break it down - It's easy to identify your big goals. For example, you might want to be able to run a 5K. Breaking the big goal down into smaller micro-goals helps map out the steps to make you successful. Micro goals also give you the chance to celebrate smaller successes on the way to the finish line. 

  • One at a time - If the idea of changing absolutely everything about your fitness level sounds appealing, you may be tempted to make a million fitness goals at once. That's way too many. Too many goals will be overwhelming and you're more likely to feel like you've failed. Stick to one goal at a time. 

Maybe you already know what goals you'd like to make, or maybe you're just starting out. Either way, grab a piece of paper and a pen and start planning!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Huntington Beach, Calif. 

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