Many times people set unrealistic fitness goals. They see professional athletes, marathon runners and personal trainers with exceptional fitness levels and want that for themselves. However, people often fail to realize that it takes many years of dedicated training to reach such extreme fitness levels. It’s much more realistic, and achievable, to understand where your fitness levels currently are, and to gradually increase them by following a sustainable program or plan. Here are a few ways you can reach your realistic fitness goals:
- Create a plan. Work with your personal trainer and develop an appropriate program to help you improve your fitness. It makes no difference if your goals are health or appearance related. If you want to reach a certain weight or reduce your cholesterol through diet and exercise, you need a plan. Make sure it easy to follow and does not compromise your health. Implement the plan with the aid of your personal trainer, and have check-in points scheduled throughout so you can discuss your progress, frustrations and celebrations.
- Find a workout buddy. Not only will the two of you get into better shape, you’ll hold each other accountable for following the program or schedule. Use your workout to discuss concerns about your fitness, doubts regarding your abilities and rewards you use when you hit certain fitness goals. Share your struggles and frustrations but never forget to celebrate and support each other. Motivating others has a boomerang effect, and often pushes yourself to complete the set or finish the mile.
- Don’t beat yourself up over a setback. Everyone encounters a day they sleep through a workout or stay late at the office and don’t get to the gym. It’s life. Yes, it can derail you from your plan, but it doesn’t mean you failed or have to give up on your fitness goals. If you sleep through your alarm and miss morning gym, use your environment to get a workout in. Take a brisk walk around the block, do crunches and planks in your living room and curl a can of soup or ½ gallon of milk. Sometimes improvising brings a new energy to your workout, and your missed gym session actually inspires you to hit it a little harder next time.