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Getting to the Finish Line: Setting Fitness Goals

retirement living | health & fitnessThe beginning of a new year is a great time to change some of those not-so-healthy habits you have, but it can be hard to know how to start. If you’re like many Americans, improving your physical health is probably high on your to-do list. Whether you simply want to be able to walk an entire loop around the neighborhood, or push yourself harder and run a marathon, setting achievable fitness goals is the key.

The old adage proclaiming that “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” is important to remember when setting your goals. It can be easy to get overwhelmed very quickly. This can lead to disappointment and higher likelihood of not fulfilling your goal. On the other hand, it’s essential to make sure your goals push you..

So just how do you obtain your fitness goals for 2014?

1. Identify the main objective

Claiming that you want to improve your physical fitness is admirable, but when it comes down to it, just what does that mean? It could be lowering your blood pressure or running two miles without stopping. When you set your goal, think about what physical fitness means to you and develop a goal that can actually be measured. This way, you can see change happening as your progress towards your goal.

2. Assess your current situation

It’s important to be realistic. If you haven’t been on a stationary bike in three years, participating in a triathlon might be a lofty goal, although it’s probably been done before. Factor in all your other responsibilities and make sure that your goal coincides with your lifestyle, current health status, and is doctor approved.

Couple_Jogging (640x427)3. Break down your goal into measurable terms

Once you’ve set a measurable goal, break it down into smaller increments. Let’s say you want to run 10 miles by December 31st. What would be a reasonable six month marker? Where would you like to be in three months? By setting smaller goals, it’s easy to avoid being overwhelmed. With each small step, you’ll slowly, but surely, be working your way to success.

4. Keep track of successes and set backs

It’s important to keep track of everything involved when working towards your goal. Maybe this involves logging miles every week or keeping a food journal. Not only will this help you push yourself further, but you can see just how far you’ve come. It’s also a good idea in case any health issues arise unexpectedly. You can pinpoint the areas of vulnerability and easily correct your course while still working towards the big ticket goal.

5. Make it a habit

To truly reach your fitness goals, you must be dedicated to the concept. This might mean waking up a few minutes earlier or giving up your morning coffee for green tea. Instead of sitting down after dinner, it can take willpower to go for a walk, but the final results will be well worth the effort.

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