How To Set 2017 Fitness Goals You'll Actually Achieve
Guys, it's okay to real with yourself when it comes to your health and fitness goals. It's not being negative, it's actually a positive. When you set unrealistic goals you run the risk of setting yourself up for disappointment and sometimes even injury. Which makes getting fit not so fun.
Personally, I'd love to be leaner and I know I already do the fitness part of it but I'm lacking in the nutrition part. But I honestly don't see counting macros as something attainable for me right. It's too much attention to detail and can be very strict at times. Which is great because you see the results, but I'm not willing to do it. So I have to be honest with myself and take into consideration my lifestyle. If I'm gonna do something I wanna do it right.
This year, I encourage you to be honest. Really look at your lifestyle and see how your health and fitness goals fit into them, not the other way around. And yes, challenge yourself, get out of your comfort zone and push your limits but don't set yourself up for failure, burn out or disappointment! That leads to having a negative association with fitness and exercise. And it's all about having fun and enjoying yourself.
You can be both positive and realistic. First get real about your goals and how they correlate with your lifestyle. Once you have those goals and you know for sure that they're attainable then it's time to get positive about reaching them. You may also have goals that might not seem attainable right now and that's okay. Work your way to them by creating smaller goals that lead up to it. For example, if your big goal is to do chin ups (my goal. Haha.) then one of your smaller goals should be to start developing strength in your back, shoulders and arms. You can even dissect even further.
Say you're a newbie with lifting weights but you still want to be able to do a chin up by the end of the year. Your first small goal would be to start lifting. Start light and get acquainted with various moves and forms. Then you'd get into developing specific body parts to gain strength in the muscles used for chin ups. Then after you've done that for a while you'd start to practice your chin ups. Working on your form and getting your body use to do the motions. Even if it isn't great at first.
Breaking down your goals like this really helps you avoid the disappointment and frustration. It's so much fun to see how much stronger you get and how close you are to achieving your bigger goal when you have smaller ones to help you there. This can also be used for your health goals as well!
So fitties, don't be discouraged if see someone who has a six pack that you want. Just be realistic with yourself. Are you truly willing to make the sacrifices that are needed to get a six pack? I know I'm not. Haha. At least not right now. And FYI. Having a six pack is not an indication of ultimate fitness or beauty. So don't feel pressured to have them. I'll get into that rant later.
At the end of the day, you know yourself and your lifestyle the best. So be honest. Don't set yourself up to hating fitness.