Improved fitness offers a variety of health and social benefits, such as the ability to fit into your little black party dress you have not worn in years and it can also help you to sleep better and function more productively during the day. But how can you set realistic fitness goals so that you do not tire out or become bored?
If you are determined to drop 40 pounds within a month, you will be in for a big disappointment when you do not meet that goal. Unless you take drastic measures, such as starting a dangerous crash diet, you are unlikely to ever meet such an unrealistic fitness goal.
However, if you want to lose the same amount of weight slowly over several months, or a year, you are more likely to succeed if you set small, attainable goals. Gradual weight loss is preferable to rapid weight loss brought on by crash diets. Put it in writing to help you see where you would like to be in a few months from now. Draw up a chart with your start weight, and how you intend to reach that goal. Then weigh yourself at regular intervals to see how you are getting along.
Inject Some Fun into Your Fitness Goals
Upping your fitness goals can seem like such a chore when you want to increase what you are doing and see actual, tangible results for all your effort. But one way to set realistic fitness goals is to inject some fun into your goals. Change out some of your usual workout routines with activities you enjoy taking part in such as tennis, swimming, or even taking the dog for an energetic power walk.
Try Out New Recipes
Remember that setting realistic fitness goals means a lot more than your workout routine. Fitness also includes eating a healthy, balanced diet that is sustainable. Look for new and exciting healthy recipes from health magasines, online resources or adapt some of your old favourites by trimming the calories, fat, and sodium and including whole grains, more vegetables and other healthy substitutes.
When setting fitness goals, be realistic with yourself and do not set unattainable expectations. Start small, inject some fun into your fitness goals and try out new and exciting healthy recipes.