When you first set a new workout goal, you’re excited, inspired and 100% motivated to get it done. Starting new workout habits are tough, but once you set your mind to it you’re able to make it part of your routine. However, what do you do once the excitement of it all dies down, or you’re not progressing along as quickly as you had hoped goal-wise?
Well, one of the key factors in keeping up with your new fitness goals is to set a workout goal that is both achievable and challenging.
One of the first things you need to do is set a specific goal, and you want to be very clear about what it is. For me, it’s running a half marathon. It’s enough of a challenge for me that it’ll require significant training, but it’s completely achievable because I’ve been a runner all my life.
For some people though, sticking to a goal is challenging, or one may start to feel discouraged along the way. Unfortunately, this means that maybe your expectation for yourself during your workouts are too high. Having an all-or-nothing mentality and being a perfectionist is great, yet this way of thinking can be a challenge in itself.
Having unrealistic expectations of yourself automatically sets you up for failure. When you don’t feel like you’re hitting your goals, it’s disappointing and discouraging. It also can drive you off the path to be healthier and more fit.
That’s why having realistic and achievable goals is important, you’re able to feel good about yourself when you hit them! It’s also so very important to celebrate the small victories along the way. For example, I haven’t run the half marathon yet but being able to run 7 miles is a small goal that I was excited to achieve!
Creating a plan with small and attainable goals helps you build yourself up, and continue on the right path! You don’t want to start too hard right out of the gate; you need to make sure what you’re doing is enjoyable and interests you.
Trying group classes at your gym is a great way to start yourself on a new fitness journey. Not only does the social aspect of working out make it more fun, but the instructors are usually highly motivating and hold you accountable which will help you reach your goals!