Ever set out to 'get in shape' or 'get fit', but never got there? You'll probably see better results if you work on your goal(s) before you work out.
There is an acronym in the fitness community that is used for goal setting. A good fitness professional will tell you to set S.M.A.R.T. goals. Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. Go one step beyond and set S.M.A.R.T.-R. goals.
The ‘R’ stands for reward. Reward yourself after each goal achieved.
Here is goal #3, Attainable Goals:
Your fitness goal should be a goal that you can accomplish! If you have never ran before in your life, a goal of winning the NYC Marathon is not your best choice. A goal of running 5 times per week or completing a 10k is attainable, without being too easy.
This is not designed to discourage you. If you set goals that are unattainable, you might get disheartened if you do not reach them and may give up on your new fitness goals completely.
Check back next week for #4: Relevant Goals.
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