Setting sensible fitness goals

Fitness goals

One of the most popular New Year's resolutions has to do with weight loss and fitness. Every year, people all over the globe vow to shape up and change their bad habits in order to achieve their ideal shape and reduce body fat. Many, however, rely on fad or "crash" diets or pills to lose bothersome, extra weight. Most of these diets and weight-loss pills are not only unhealthy, but they also lack the long-term effects that a solid fitness plan has. Although these quick weight-loss diets are a speedy way to acquire the body you desire, a sensible weight loss program is the best method to use if you have a target weight or size and want to stay healthy and in shape.

Whether you long for the waif-esque figure of Sienna Miller, seductive curves of J-Lo, or abs of an olympic athlete, having, and maintaining, a fitness plan is the primary method to achieving the body you want.

Set Feasible Fitness Goals

Like any resolution you make, it's important that your objectives are attainable and within reason. Of course we all have some elusive fitness goals in mind: getting back down to the size we were in secondary school, having the killer quads of a professional bodybuilder, or fitting into that wedding dress from 15 years ago. Setting such lofty goals can actually deter your fitness plan and lead to frustration when they aren't achieved. Creating objectives that are realistic and reachable enables you to build a fitness routine that is manageable. Developing practical exercise goals can be quite simple. Start by documenting what you want to achieve through training. Yes, your overall intentions may be to slim down and/or tighten up this year, but you may have a bigger purpose for wanting to get in shape, such as an upcoming wedding, class reunion, or you just want to look amazing in that M&S swimming costume you've been eyeing. Whatever the purpose of your fitness challenge, writing down what you wish to achieve and why is the first step in setting appropriate fitness goals.

Next steps

Because certain exercises are designed to work specific muscles and parts of your body, it's best to speak with a trainer or fitness professional who can offer you tips and valuable information about what type of training you should do and what body parts and muscles you need to focus on.

Once you have spoken with a professional or resource guide and devised a workout routine, you should make a schedule of how many hours and days you can devote to your fitness plan. This schedule should be practical and something that you can adhere to. In addition, it's vital that you also include what area you will focus on during each of your workout sessions. Also, remember to give your muscles a break by mixing up your workout routine; i.e., don't do your ab workout every day, spread it out throughout the week. Lastly, give yourself a day off. While the endorphins released during your workout may make you want to train every day, your body needs at least one day of rest, and this day off should also be factored into your workout schedule. Above all, don't push yourself too hard, remain fixed on your goals, and, most importantly, stay positive.

Need more help?

If you don't have an exercise professional on hand to speak to why not take a look at our ebook How to lose fat, this will give you all the information you need to get that body you long for.

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