Let’s be honest. We set tough goals for ourselves. Often we make the goal either too farfetched or simply don’t know how to go about achieving them. Take New Year’s resolutions for example. The University of Scranton did a study suggesting that only eight percent of people achieve their New Year’s goals. Just eight percent!!
It’s no different when it comes to setting fitness goals People have a hard time sticking to it because they feel it’s too difficult or have no idea how to reach their goals. Ever since I started in 2012 as a physique competitor and healthier self, I’ve wanted to share the same motivation and passion that feeds me with others. Try applying some of these methods in achieving your own fitness goals.
• Set a goal.
This is number one. Not only should you mentally set a goal but you must follow up by writing out a plan on how you’re going to achieve this goal. Don’t worry if you don’t think you have the perfect plan, it’s bound to change as you continue your journey.
• Change your mindset.
When I played lacrosse in college I quickly came to learn that you had to have a lot of faith in yourself. We called it “swagger”, but you can call it whatever you want. KNOW that you’re capable of achieving your goal. This avoids a lot of unnecessary second-guessing.
• Know your reasons.
Even if the path isn’t clear, knowing the reasons why you are doing this keeps your drive alive and thriving. This is the gas to your vehicle.
Surround yourself with others with the same purpose. They can act as a support system and a form of accountability. This creates a community where you can empathize with each other and enjoy the journey together.
Sometimes I’ll buy myself a new article of workout clothing or cheat meal if I complete a certain task.
• Make a routine but don’t be afraid to mix it up.
The best way to keep you from falling of schedule is to create a schedule. But make sure you don’t fall victim to the routine. I’ve seen countless people doing the same exact routine in the exact same way in every single visit to the gym. Because they do the same thing all the time, they become discouraged from the lack of results. Mix up your workouts and have fun! An example would be to start hiking if you’re sick of the stair master.
• Put up or shut up
Last but not least. If you want goals, you have to work for them. Even when I don’t want to, I tell myself to go to the gym and do it.
In the end, I hope this is something you become passionate about. For me, what started off as just a goal is now my lifestyle. And don’t forget, we’re all in it together!
Fitmark Ambassador 2013