Here Are 4 Achievable Fitness Goals to Keep You Motivated
by Autumn Jones
There's nothing like setting good fitness goals to kick-start your motivation for going to the gym — but where do you start if you're not exactly sure what to aim for? Instead of setting extreme goals that might leave you feeling disappointed or overwhelmed, trying focusing on small, achievable goals that you know are within reach. Of course, everyone's goals will be different based on where they are in their fitness journey.
It doesn't matter if you've been working out for years or if you're stepping foot in the gym for the first time. Each time you rock a workout, you should leave the gym knowing you're one step closer to achieving what you're working toward. Get started today with these four simple fitness goals.
1. Get Stronger
Pumping up your strength does more than just make you the friend everyone calls when they need help moving furniture; it plays a major role in your overall health. Adding strength training to your routine not only makes you more fit, but it also protects your bones, builds muscle, boosts energy, and helps manage chronic health conditions, as Everyday Health points out.
Push the measuring tape (and scale) aside and use your everyday life as a metric for how far you've come in building strength. With a regular exercise routine, you'll likely start to notice that typical tasks feel easier.
Climbing the stairs, playing with your kids, and carrying the groceries all become less strenuous as your strength increases. Make sure to give yourself credit when you notice how your fitness goals are playing out in your daily life — you've worked hard and deserve to celebrate!
2. Improve Flexibility
Don't forget to reach for your toes and show some love to your hamstrings on a regular basis. Bending and stretching may not be the first thing to pop in your mind when you think of productive fitness goals, but loosening and lengthening your muscles should move to a top spot on your workout radar.
According to Harvard Health, "A well-stretched muscle more easily achieves its full range of motion." This can translate into fewer injuries, better balance, and overall improvements in your athletic performance.
3. Find Like-Minded Friends
As you continue to make exercise part of your lifestyle, remember to measure your success. A good fitness goal can be as simple as having more fun with your workout buddy. What better way to make time to catch up with a pal than to head to the gym together?
If you're looking to expand your fitness community, hop on to Planet of Triumphs to celebrate your accomplishments and give a shoutout to other wellness-seekers doing the same. This welcoming community of supportive members can motivate and encourage you to continue on your fitness journey.
4. Try Something New
Need a little extra sauce on top of your fitness goals? Challenge yourself to not only learn a new fitness skill but to become really good at it. Whether it'strying out a new cardio machine or perfecting your pushup, you can dedicate a little bit of each workout session to improving the skill. Stick with it and you'll be able to see yourself go from beginner to master faster than you realize.
As you embark on your fitness journey and set goals to support it, stay open to the playfulness of it all. Sure, you want results, but trying to do too much at once can become overwhelming and lead to burnout. Setting your sights on simple, achievable goals is the best way to stay engaged and excited about getting stronger, becoming more active, and leading a healthier lifestyle.
As always, please consult with a physician prior to beginning any exercise program. See full medical disclaimer here.