Reach Your Fitness Goals One Step at a Time
By Brandi Goodman
Achieving your fitness goals won't be easy. It also will not be done quickly. It's going to take time and dedication. Reaching your fitness goals is possible, however, as long as you take it one step at a time and celebrate all the small victories along the way.
Determine Your Final Goal
The first step is to actually set a final goal. Do you have a certain amount of weight you want to lose? Are you hoping to become strong enough to lift a certain amount of weight? Whatever that goal is, knowing what final outcome you want will help you to set your smaller goals you can reach along the way. If you want to lose 100 pounds in two years, for example, then your smaller goals could be to lose roughly four pounds each month over the course of 24 months, about about one pound per week.
Celebrate Every Small Goal
If you lose just four pounds and still have 96 more to go, you may not feel like celebrating. However, doing so will help you to keep on track and see that you are, in fact, making progress. That means you're four pounds closer to your goal and four pounds further away from where you were. Every single step reached is a reason to celebrate. It will be a huge motivator for you to continue on your journey, a reminder that there's something waiting for you every step toward your final destination -- which is the real prize.
Make a Plan
Setting your goals isn't the only part of the process. You have to actually make a plan that will help you meet them. If you want to become strong enough to lift 200 pounds with a barbell, for example, then you need to make a plan for lifting. You might want to start lifting 30 or 40 pounds a few times a week. After a week or two of that weight, increase the weight by another 10 pounds or so. Over time, you'll have enough strength to meet your goal.
Take everything in life one step at a time, including your fitness goals, and you'll be more likely to achieve big things. Everyone has to start somewhere, and it's better than never starting at all.
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