Five Ways to Set Realistic Fitness Goals this Summer
A New Year resolution, a family wedding or a farewell party, we all have our reasons to work towards achieving a body like Beyoncé or muscles like Dwayne Johnson. Unfortunately, these fitness goals turn into far-fetched fantasies in no time & die a brutal death at the hands of the dreamer.
Abandoned fitness goals & failed diet plans are due to unrealistic targets set by an impatient mind.
Why? Because Rome was not built in one day and to reach the Everest, we have to take one step at a time. The second biggest hurdle in achieving fitness goals after ‘getting started’ is, to follow the set goals. Most of us fail because the goals are either unachievable, require big compromises, results take a long-time to show or low motivation level etc.
Our body is like a machine and requires fuel as well maintenance regularly. Fitness goals are maintenance procedures, which need expert intervention to become a success. Fuel is healthy food & positive mental thoughts we feed ourselves daily. Here is a list of techniques that will help you achieve your set fitness goals:
State the Goal
First things first, before you set the goals,
ask yourself are these goals achievable?
The answer will come within a snap. Depending upon the answer you receive, think about realistic fitness goals. Now, state your fitness goals, loud and clear. For example, state that ‘I want to lose 5 lbs by end of July’ or ‘I want to achieve 15 inch biceps at the end of August’. When we state the goals clearly, we are consciously sending signals to the subconscious mind to start preparing. Also, constantly mention your goals to yourself, as often as you can. Repeatedly stating the goals helps in putting an affirmation in the universe and making things work in your favor.
Chalk out a Plan
It is necessary that you opt for a workout regime that resonates with your choices. A spiritual person will be delighted to take up yoga while someone who like challenging workouts will like a HIIT workout and not vice versa.
List down the accessible places for the kind of workout that appeals to you and enroll at the most feasible option.
Understand your fitness level and accordingly choose a class. Both underestimating and overestimating yourself can turn into loss of interest & failed plans.
Measure the Success
Set yourself up for quick wins, which can be achieved by weighing or measuring yourself at quick intervals. Rather than measuring yourself at the end of the month or three months, start by measuring weekly or fortnightly. Why deprive yourself of the joy of being on the right path?
Results can be the best form of motivation.
Invest in a measuring tape or weighing machine and keep a constant check. The key is to stay motivated, so do not overdo it by measuring yourself every day as this might work the other way round.
The Visualization Technique
Over the course of time, many studies have emerged stating the success of visualization technique. As per psychologytoday.com
“A study looking at brain patterns in weightlifters found that the patterns activated when a weightlifter lifted hundreds of pounds were similarly activated when they only imagined lifting. In some cases, research has revealed that mental practices are almost effective as true physical practice, and that doing both is more effective than either alone.”
I can vouch for this technique because I have used it and achieved my desired targets. Visualizing how one will look
& measure on the measuring tape and the scale on achieving the targets, works wonders.
Affirmations for Success
An extension to the aforementioned point, we reckon sharing the fitness goals like you have already achieved them with your friends and family members. For instance, if you want to lose 5 lbs of weight and achieve the 125 lbs target, instead of saying I want to lose 5 lbs, start saying, ‘I have lost 5 lbs and I weigh 125 lbs’. The affirmation technique will pave the path to success easily.
Along with these techniques, it is important that we feed our mind with positive thoughts and encouraging words. On a daily basis, we put ourselves through numerous self-negating thoughts. The power of positive thinking goes a long way. During the process of body building, toning or sculpting, weight loss, if we look at our legs or abdominal and acknowledge them, the story can flip 180 degrees. Small acts of gratefulness go a long way.