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Reach Your Weight Loss and Fitness Goals by Being Specific

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 22, 2018

FieldHouse, Sudbury, MA“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”

Don't wait for the perfect time to start working out and living a healthy life. There will always be something to make you say: "I'll start next week, month, year." Now is as good a time as any. And, don't just work out for the sake of working out. Goals and plans give you direction, a way to measure progress and also keep you motivated. Having no goals is like walking out of your house and not knowing where you are going. So set goals, make a plan and go!

Here are a few tips to guide you and keep you on track to meet your weight loss and fitness goals:

Specific:

"I want to get healthy" and "I want to get in shape" are too generic. Instead, try "I'll run a half marathon next spring." I'll earn a black belt in karate" or I'll lose 55 of my current body weight within 10 months."

Measureable:

Setting a measurable goal is key to achievement) and determining when it's been accomplished). Measure goals in time, weight, percentage or even clothing size!

Achievable:

It's good to shoot for the starts, but don't be too extreme. Likewise, a goal that's too easy is not very motivating. Know your potential and limits.

Relevant:

Set goals that are important to you and are relevant to your long-term personal vision.

Time-Bound:

Include an endpoint. There is no greater motivator than a deadline.

Set both short and long-term goals. Short ones are more motivating (stepping stones) and once you've achieved them, they can give you inspiration for your long term goals.

What to include in your plan

  • Cardio - Walking, swimming, running, cycling, stair climbing or aerobic classes
  • Strength - Weight training
  • Flexibility - stretching

Don't forget to keep track of progress, sleep hydration and nutrition.

For more information on setting wight loss and fitness goals, contact the FieldHouse in Sudbury, MA

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