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How to Keep Your Fitness Goals Realistic

By Genevieve Cunningham

It's great to have fitness goals in your life. Maybe you want to lose a lot of weight. Maybe you want rock hard abs or long, toned legs. Fitness goals are good. They keep us moving forward and working toward better health. But sometimes our fitness goals can get a little out of control. We get a certain body type or a certain weight in our head, and we get fixated on meeting these specific measures. It's normal for this to happen, but it's also detrimental to the overall process. If you want to make the most of your fitness journey, take a look at these tips for keeping your goals realistic and your motivation strong. 

Get to Know Your Body

Everyone's body is completely different. Sure, there are similarities. But if you expect to look a certain way, you have to make sure your body is capable of it. If you're short, you may not ever look long and lean. If you have an hourglass figure, you may not have that boyish athletic look. And the important thing to remember is that all of these body types are OK! The only thing that's not OK is hating your own body just because it's yours. Get to know your own body. Get to know its strengths and weak points. And then work on making your body the best it can be -- and forget looking like anyone else. 

Focus on Internal Health

So many of us focus on external health -- appearance -- because it's what we and others can see. But the best indication of health is what's happening inside your body. How is your blood sugar? How is your blood pressure? Is your heart healthy? How about the lungs? Focus on improving the inside of your body with regular exercise, a good diet, and regular trips to the doctor. As long as the inside is moving in the right direction, cut yourself a little slack when it comes to appearance.

Celebrate Your Accomplishments

Even if you haven't met your ultimate goals, it's important to celebrate the little accomplishments along the way. If you've lost a few pounds, celebrate -- even if your ultimate goal is quite a few more. If you've gone down a clothing size, celebrate. If you have more energy to play with your kids, celebrate. The more you celebrate your successes, the more success you'll feel and the easier it will be to keep going. 

It can be tempting to set incredibly lofty goals for our health and appearance. We see other people and think that we're supposed to look or be like them. But expectations and goals that are too big will only harm you in the long run. Use these tips to set realistic goals, and you may be able to stay motivated and moving forward toward your best health yet. 

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

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