When we set out to achieve our fitness goals it takes time – how much time will depend on the goal, as well as your starting point.
It doesn’t seem that long ago since we were making our New Year resolutions, some of which may have been to be fitter and healthier, and now that, hopefully, the worst of Winter is behind us and Spring is just round the corner, it’s a good time to revisit and reinforce the goals we set out to achieve in 2018.
Here are some tips:
- Make the Decision to exercise
Think through why you want to do it, how you want to do it and then start to visualise the results.
- Set a Goal
Your dream may to be super fit and toned, and the goal to achieve it may be to run a half marathon.
- Break the Goal down into ‘bite-size’ chunks
The smaller chunks should be shorter term targets to be achieved monthly, weekly or even daily. You will also need to decide how many times a week you can realistically commit to exercise.
- Plan to achieve
Having a goal is great, but it will be difficult to achieve without a solid, and phased, plan.
- Be Organised and Disciplined
Our busy lives often seem to dictate what activities we have the time to do. But an adequate amount of time needs to be allocated to achieving exercise goals. You’ll also need discipline to ensure that other priorities do not interfere with the achievement of your goals.
- Believe in yourself
This is key because we all have an inner voice which says, “I can’t do this”, or “it’s taking too long”. But if you have set a realistic goal and have the plan to achieve it then the negative voice should be silenced immediately. Focus your mind and, as you did at the very beginning of the process, spend some time visualising what the completed goal will look like – for example, the clothes you will be able to fit into when you have lost the weight, or the feeling of crossing the finishing line after running a half marathon.
- Keep the motivation
There will be times when your training isn’t going according to plan. For example, you didn’t lose the amount of weight you wanted to in a given week, or you didn’t have the time or energy to train at your optimum. The natural human response is disappointment, but this is when determination and persistence are needed. Negativity must be banished, so that you can re-focus on making your goal a reality.
- The Wonder of Willpower
Even the most disciplined and driven elite athletes have times when they would rather not have to train. But it is possible to get your momentum back if you really believe in what you are trying to achieve.
Belief, Willpower, Motivation, Organisation and Discipline are all great qualities to have in your armoury for life in general, not just exercise, but the reality is that events frequently happen to knock us off course. During the times when the achievement of our exercise goals is most difficult, think of the following questions to get you back on track:
- Why do I want this goal? Will it bring me satisfaction?
- How will achieving the goal make me feel? Will it enhance my life/esteem etc?
- Think back to when you first decided on the goal, and ask Why did I want to achieve the goal? How is it going to make me happy?
- Is it still what I want to do? Will it still make me feel good about myself and fulfilled? Will it make me healthier, and improve my life?
- Will the achievement of my goal help me to counter feelings of lack of fulfilment or frustration? Will it change my life?