Everyone has fitness goals, and anyone can achieve them. Your friend who lives in Omaha, Nebraska, has fitness goals. That person who let you borrow headphones at an airport in Maine has fitness goals. Your aunt who works at a car dealership in North Olmsted, OH? She also has fitness goals.
Everyone has fitness goals. Unfortunately, not all of us achieve them. Research says that 92 percent of people don’t achieve their goals, but you don’t have to be one of them.
If you follow the formula below, you will rock your fitness goals.
Be realistic with your goals
The only way you’re going to create a goal that you will soon achieve is if you’re realistic with yourself. Create a goal that you can achieve and want to achieve. It’s especially important to be realistic with your deadline. While New Year’s Eve resolutions are running wild with a new year around the corner (spoiler alert: they don’t work), don’t fall for the trap.
Create a SMART goal and then enjoy the process. Make a schedule that you can stick to for the long haul, not just for a couple of weeks.
Create a workout and meal plan you can stick with
So many people create these awesome workout and meal plans — but they only stick with them for a couple of days. That’s because life happens. A meeting runs longer than expected or someone brings doughnuts to the office. You’re not going to tell your boss you have to cut a meeting short because you have to go home to work out and it’s tough to pass up doughnuts.
The solution is sticking with a workout and meal plan you can stick to every single day, or at least the days you’re supposed to work out and the days you aren’t indulging in a cheat meal.
You don’t have to run 5 miles a day and give up greasy food and desserts for the rest of your life to get in better shape. Set boundaries and reasonable plans.
Know when to force things and when to eliminate others
If you aren’t used to going to the gym on a routine basis or eating better, then you’ll need willpower in the beginning until you start to build good habits.
You might not want to go to the gym, but you have to force yourself to go. In time, you will build the habit of going. Likewise, it might be tough to pass up french fries if you’re used to ordering them every time the option is available, but if part of your fitness plan includes eating better, then you have to swap out unhealthy foods for healthier options. You’re allowed to have cheat meals, but you need to work toward building healthy habits in the beginning.
In terms of eliminating things, if you don’t want to run and rather use the elliptical for cardio, then that’s perfectly fine. Likewise, if you rather do a leg workout that’s easier on your back and knees, then you don’t have to do squats or deadlifts.
What works for one person, might not work for the next, and you should enjoy the process.
Whether you work hard and love your career at a liquor store in Lawrenceville, NJ, or desk job in Kansas City, Missouri, you’ve taken the step to get in better shape.
You’ve created an awesome fitness goal that’s realistic and you’re putting in the work. The biggest thing to keep in mind is that it’s OK to reward yourself. This reward can come in the form of your eating at your favorite restaurant that’s not exactly healthy, taking it easier on any given day at the gym, or going on a hike as opposed to running on the treadmill.
If you don’t reward yourself, then you’re not going to enjoy the process. The way you rock your fitness goals is by building habits that turn into a healthy lifestyle, and a cheat meal from time to time is part of that.