Are you new to the gym or starting to put more focus on your workout routine? Before you can create your fitness plan, you have to figure out and set your goals and how long it will take to get to them. Here are four tips for setting fitness goals.
Set Your Mindset
Actually getting started is the hardest part when it comes to starting a new routine. If you’re new to fitness your first step is to find a gym that feels comfortable. Someone should be happy to show you the equipment and how it works. If you’ve been going to the gym for a while, but you’re switching your goals, think of what’s worked in the past when setting up goals. Finally, if you’ve taken time off from the gym and are ready to get back in, remember that you need to ease back into it and you won’t be able to pick up from where you left off.
Identify Your Goal
In addition to losing weight, there are other goals to consider. These include muscle gain and strength. If you want to look more toned and stronger, consider muscle gain training. For fat loss, you’ll need to have a combination of training and proper nutrition.
Set a Timeline
Start by breaking down your big picture goals into smaller more manageable ones. Like if you want to lose 50 pounds in a year, think about what this looks like in terms of weight loss for one month. This will help hold you accountable during the duration of the period.
Willpower and motivation will only get you so far when it comes to reaching your goals. It’s important to be consistent and to take small steps instead of making drastic changes when moving towards your goal. Variety in your workouts can help your routines feel less boring over time. Make sure you track your progress throughout your journey and try and look beyond just the scale to see if you’ve reached your goals.